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Oedipus Rex (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 6 January 1957 (Canada)
The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well... See full summary »

Directors:

Tyrone Guthrie, Abraham Polonsky (uncredited)

Writers:

Sophocles (play), E.F. Watling (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell ... Oedipus
Eleanor Stuart Eleanor Stuart ... Jocasta
Robert Goodier Robert Goodier ... Creon
William Hutt William Hutt ... Chorus Leader
Donald Davis Donald Davis ... Tiresias
Douglas Rain ... Messenger
Tony Van Bridge Tony Van Bridge ... Man From Corinth
Eric House Eric House ... Shepherd / Old Priest
Roland Bull Roland Bull ... Chorus
Robert Christie ... Chorus
Ted Follows Ted Follows ... Chorus
David Gardner David Gardner ... Chorus
Bruno Gerussi Bruno Gerussi ... Chorus
Richard Howard Richard Howard ... Chorus
Roland Hewgill Roland Hewgill ... Chorus
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The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well for King Oedipus and his Queen. (Performed in masks by the Stratford, Ontario, Shakespearean Festival Players.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1957 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD 200,000 (estimated)
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Oedipus Rex Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Face of Shatner
9 January 2006 | by steven-222See all my reviews

Contrary to a previous reviewer's remark, you CAN see William Shatner in this film. During the brief introductory prologue, three of the actors are seen without their masks, and Shatner (looking very young) is one of them. Otherwise, he is in the chorus, masked. Another of the actors (playing the messenger) is Douglas Rain, who later provided the voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

As for the movie, it is definitely a curiosity. The masks are extraordinary, and as a lifelong devotee of the Greek tragedies, I found this production well worth watching. Oedipus's story is not only a journey of psychological self-discovery, but it's also probably the first murder mystery ever written; Sophocles, like every modern mystery novelist, had to work out the precise order of cumulative details and revelations to bring the climax to a head. All the shocking revelations about the king come tumbling out precisely because he long ago committed murder and kept his crimes a secret.


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