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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 »

Director:

Philip Saville

Writers:

Michael Luke, Paul Roche (translation) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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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An unsurpassed cast in one of the great plays of the ages -- now on the screen! See more »

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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 Oedipo alcalde (1996) See more »

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Sophocles' ancient drama successfully transferred on film
30 October 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

The most rewarding quality of this film is the fact that Sophocles is left untouched - there has been no cuts in the text, as the film follows the drama closely with meticulous fidelity. Another great asset is the stylishness, which is just perfect - bringing the spectator back to very ancient times of Greece, with a rugged landscape and no spectacular additions to the basics of Greek drama.

The actors are all outstanding. Lilli Palmer as the only woman makes perhaps the greatest impression, but all the others are perfect also, like Christopher Plummmer as Oidipus, Donald Sutherland as the chorus leader, Orson Welles as the blind prophet Teiresias and several others. It is very seldom you get the chance to see a Greek drama on film so perfectly genuine and faithful to the ancient genre of Greek tragedy.


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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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