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Macbeth (1971)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (original title)
A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Roman Polanski (screenplay by), William Shakespeare (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... Macbeth
Francesca Annis ... Lady Macbeth
Martin Shaw ... Banquo
Terence Bayler ... Macduff
John Stride ... Ross
Nicholas Selby ... Duncan
Stephan Chase ... Malcolm
Paul Shelley ... Donalbain
Maisie MacFarquhar Maisie MacFarquhar ... First Witch
Elsie Taylor Elsie Taylor ... Second Witch
Noelle Rimmington Noelle Rimmington ... Third Witch
Noel Davis Noel Davis ... Seyton
Sydney Bromley ... Porter
Richard Pearson ... Doctor
Patricia Mason Patricia Mason ... Gentlewoman
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Storyline

Roman Polanski's version of Shakespeare's tragedy about a Scottish lord who murders the king and ascends the throne. His wife then begins hallucinating as a result of her guilt complex and the dead king's son conspires to attack Macbeth and expose him for the murderer he is. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Certificate:

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Trivia

During the set up of the gruesome death scene of Lady MacDuff's children, director Roman Polanski was instructing a four-year-old blonde girl on how to play dead, while smearing fake blood all over her body. Polanski playfully asked the girl what her name was, to which she replied "Sharon." See more »

Goofs

When first meeting the witches, Macbeth follows them asking further questions as to their prophecies.One shot shows him nearing the witches as they each hurry down a small set of stairs, the youngest witch flashes herself at Macbeth and we see an angle change to see her hurry down the same steps and Macbeth directly behind her in the shot. the scene changes to show Macbeth standing in the same position as when the young witch flashed herself at him. See more »

Quotes

Lady Macbeth: All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand! Oh, oh, oh!
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Connections

Version of Trettondagsafton (1967) See more »

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one of the mightiest adaptations from Shakespeare's :p
5 January 2013 | by shahriyar-oviSee all my reviews

Vehement and inch-perfect approach of Roman Polanski towards Shakespeare's greatest play "Macbeth". Polanski's absolute narrative technique and profound direction set the heinous deed of Macbeth and his tragic fate with elegance.

He brilliantly represents all Shakespearean symbols on the screen--- especially the floating "dagger", apparitions in the witches' den. Jon Finch powerfully portrays the downfall of Macbeth while Annis appears vivid struggling with her greed and conscience. Vibrantly, one of the mightiest adaptations from Shakespeare's :p

8/10__:D


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1971 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Macbeth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (optical prints)| 3 Channel Stereo (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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