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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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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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Tom Lehrer wrote a spoof soundtrack title song based on this movie. See more »

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Version of Oedipus the King (1968) See more »

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Noble effort, but dull film
25 October 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

An attempt to film a Greek tragedy as the Greeks would have seen it, or at least somewhat so. It's intentions are noble, but it doesn't really have any ideas of its own. This is one dull film. The monotonous chanting might have worked for the ancient Athenians, but it cancels out the greatness of the play for modern viewers. Watching this version, Sophocles' play feels entirely irrelevant to us today. Even though I'm a classics scholar, I've always disliked adaptations of the tragedies – I feel that we could never really capture what they meant to their original audience, simply because we are so vastly different from them. Fortunately, on a very rare occasion, someone gets it right. Skip this and see Pasolini's 1967 version of the same play. On a side note, William Shatner, in his second feature film performance, plays one of the chorus members. You can't see him, however, on account of his mask.


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English

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6 January 1957 (Canada) See more »

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CAD200,000 (estimated)
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