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Oedipus the King (1968)

This classic (Greek) tale tells how a noble youth accidentally marries his own mother, kills his own father (deliberately) and ends up paying a terrible price for invoking the wrath of the ... See full summary »

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Philip Saville

Writers:

Michael Luke, Paul Roche (translation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Oedipus
Lilli Palmer ... Jocasta
Richard Johnson ... Creon
Orson Welles ... Tiresias
Cyril Cusack ... Messenger
Roger Livesey ... Shepherd
Donald Sutherland ... Chorus Leader
Friedrich von Ledebur ... King Laius (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Dimos Starenios ... Priest
Alexis Mann Alexis Mann ... Palace Official
Oenone Luke Oenone Luke ... Antigone
Cressida Luke Cressida Luke ... Xemene
Minos Argyrakis Minos Argyrakis ... Chorus
Manos Destounis Manos Destounis ... Chorus
George Dialegmenos George Dialegmenos ... Chorus
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This classic (Greek) tale tells how a noble youth accidentally marries his own mother, kills his own father (deliberately) and ends up paying a terrible price for invoking the wrath of the Gods. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Unforgivable Sin.. The Unforgettable Story.. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Edipo rey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Epilogue: Citizens of our ancestral Thebes Gaze on Oedipus the Mighty and once Masterful; And count no man blessed in his life until he's passed beyond all pain and earthly strife. Sophocles circa 430 B.C. See more »

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Version of Oedipus Rex (1967) See more »

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Superb entertainment
1 December 2002 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Sophocles on cinema is a delight; but with a dream cast that includes the lovely, talented Lili Palmer, the great Orson Welles, the charming Cyril Cusack, the arresting Donald Sutherland in a most unusual role, and of course stalwarts Christopher Plummer and Richard Johnson, the effect can be heady.

I recommend the film to anyone who cares for drama and acting. I am amused that the film has not been marketed intelligently by the studios and remains unseen by many who would have loved to see the film.

The scenes where Oedipus unknowingly kills his own father is captured on film in a truly remarkable way, suggesting the fleeting moment where recognition between father and son is totally implausible.

Jocasta's (Lili Palmer) performance is top notch--probably her best role ever. Cyril Cusack, Orson Welles, and Donald Sutherland add additional flavour to this remarkable effort.

I have always wondered why the famous cinematographer Walter Lassally did not choose to film the movie in the letterbox or cinemascope format, which would have given the subject an epic sweep it deserved. The format used by Lassally restricted the film to the level of a play on film rather than cinema capturing the great play on celluloid. Even with this fault, the film will remain one of my favourites. I commend Phillip Saville for his casting--bringing together great actors on both sides of the Atlantic.

I doubt if the ancient Greeks could have enjoyed the play any better than on a technicolor screen with special effects.


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