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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981)

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Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Othello
... Iago
... Desdemona
... Cassio
Joel Asher ... Roderigo
Leslie Paxton ... Emilia
Peter MacLean ... Brabantio
Jay Robinson ... Duke of Venice
Phillip Persons ... Lodovico
Eugenia Wright ... Bianca
Michael Hayward ... Montano
John Bliss ... Second Senator
Arnold Markussen ... Gratiano
Anna Dresdon ... Friend to Bianca
Lanny Broyles ... First Senator
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Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her father. Jealous of Othello's triumphs and high-standing, and suspicious that his commander may once have bedded his own wife, Othello's lieutenant Iago plots to sabotage Othello's career and marriage. He plants in Othello's mind the suspicion that Desdemona is unfaithful and provides false evidence of that infidelity. Though noble and initially trusting, Othello is led into a jealous rage that proves tragic for all involved. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Jenny Agutter is credited as such in the opening main titles and in the film's publicity, but credited as "Jennifer A. Agutter" in the closing credits. See more »

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Blockbuster sent me the wrong version

The one I requested was the BBC production starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role and Bob Hoskins as Iago. Instead this was delivered. At least this Othello is played by a man of color and I appreciate his work. The sound was terrible, at least on the disk I was sent, so the overall effect was considerably diminished. I would prefer to not make uncomplimentary remarks regarding the rest of the cast, but Ron Moody did better work in the film Oliver. To anyone who wants to see a superior production I would suggest the Hopkins/Hoskins version. Anthony Hopkins is certainly not the first white man to play the jealous Moor, but he is the best one I have seen by far.


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