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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.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roderigo
... Iago
... Brabantio
... Othello
... Clown
... Cassio
David Hargreaves ... Senate Officer
... Senate Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
... Gratiano
Kenneth MacKintosh ... Lodovico (as Kenneth Mackintosh)
Harry Lomax ... Duke of Venice
Terence Knapp ... Duke's Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Keith Marsh ... Senator
Tom Kempinski ... Sailor / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Nick Edmett ... Messenger / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots (as Nicholas Edmett)
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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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Film debuts of Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon (who would again co-star with Maggie Smith in the "Harry Potter" series nearly 40 years later). See more »

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Othello: It is the cause. It is the cause, my soul. Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars. It is the cause.
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Version of Othello, ou 'Le more de Venise' (1909) See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
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Excellent Performances
10 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is the best film of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen. (Throne of Blood is a great movie, but it's an adaptation, not really Shakespeare's Macbeth.) What makes the difference for me are the outstanding performances by the entire cast, not just Olivier. Maggie Smith's Desdemona is truly touching as a woman overwhelmed by fate. A young Derek Jacobi hits all the right notes as Michael Cassio: smart, loyal, eager to please, but a little immature. I haven't seen any other roles played by either Frank Finlay or Joyce Redman, but in any case, they're excellent here. I much prefer Olivier's Othello to his film role as Hamlet. That's because too many of Hamlet's lines were cut from that version. More text gives more characterization to Othello, and gives Olivier the chance to really fill the role, which he does beautifully. My only real complaint is that on the videotape, the widescreen picture is cropped too much. Everybody who is a fan of Shakespeare or any of the above mentioned actors should see this movie!


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