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Othello (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | 3 May 1966 (UK)
A General's marriage is destroyed when a vengeful Lieutenant 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 defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello. But Othello's old Lieutenant, Iago, doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio, 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 »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Otello 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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Trivia

At one hour, thirty minutes, and forty-three seconds, Frank Finlay's performance in this movie is the longest ever Oscar nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It is not the longest performance in the movie, however, since Sir Laurence Olivier's is three minutes longer. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Brabantio: Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to see. She has deceiv'd her father; may do thee!
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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 »

Connections

Version of Theatre Night: Othello (1990) See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
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A dark, brooding masterpiece.
13 June 1999 | by Doc-57See all my reviews

Olivier is truly awesome: I invite you to read his biography by Donald Spoto to see what went in to this characterization. Surely this is his best Shakespeare role, but must admit I wish he could have filmed Macbeth. Another especial comment on the direction--it couldn't have been easy to bring this from the stage to a video version, but I feel it came off beautifully. This was film Shakespeare at its best--until Branagh's Hamlet.


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