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Othello (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | 3 May 1966 (UK)
General Othello's marriage is destroyed when vengeful Ensign Iago convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

Director:

Stuart Burge

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lang ... Roderigo
Frank Finlay ... Iago
Anthony Nicholls ... Brabantio
Laurence Olivier ... Othello
Roy Holder ... Clown
Derek Jacobi ... Cassio
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ... Senate Officer
Malcolm Terris ... Senate Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Michael Turner ... Gratiano
Kenneth MacKintosh Kenneth MacKintosh ... Lodovico (as Kenneth Mackintosh)
Harry Lomax Harry Lomax ... Duke of Venice
Terence Knapp Terence Knapp ... Duke's Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Keith Marsh Keith Marsh ... Senator
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Sailor / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Nick Edmett Nick Edmett ... Messenger / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots (as Nicholas Edmett)
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Storyline

Desdemona (Dame Maggie Smith) defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello (Sir Laurence Olivier). But Othello's old Ensign, Iago (Frank Finlay), doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio (Sir Derek Jacobi), and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Othello's new bride. Written by Kathy Li

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The greatest Othello ever by the greatest actor of our time See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Othello See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only Shakespearean theatrical movie in which Sir Laurence Olivier appeared, but John Laurie didn't. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Iago: I am not what I am.
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Alternate Versions

The film's U.S. DVD release restores the Warner Bros. logo backed by a red curtain and fanfare music to the opening credits, and the "Intermission" title card about ninety minutes into the film. These have not been seen since the film's original U.S. release; they were not featured on the videocassette edition. The long-deleted "intermission break" occurs immediately after Othello says to Iago, "Now art thou my lieutenant" and Iago answers "I am your own forever". See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
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It's a filmed play
1 January 2000 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Olivier got a lot of flack at the time for the Al Jolson performance, from people who failed to take into account the exaggeration of gesture and make-up that goes with a stage production. That's all it is, a film of a stage production, but visually the stage design is good and the photography presents it excellently.


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