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Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Fantasy | 9 June 1993 (USA)
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

Director:

Sally Potter

Writers:

Sally Potter, Virginia Woolf (novel)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Orlando
Quentin Crisp ... Queen Elizabeth I
Jimmy Somerville ... Falsetto / Angel
John Bott ... Orlando's Father
Elaine Banham ... Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ... Clorinda
Sara Mair-Thomas ... Favilla
Anna Healy Anna Healy ... Euphrosyne
Dudley Sutton ... King James I
Simon Russell Beale ... Earl of Moray
Matthew Sim ... Lord Francis Vere
Jerome Willis ... Translator
Viktor Stepanov ... Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
Charlotte Valandrey ... Princess Sasha
Mary MacLeod ... First Older Woman
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Storyline

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex. Written by Phythian

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Russia | Italy | France | Netherlands

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orlando See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,030, 13 June 1993

Gross USA:

$5,377,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,377,643
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though he receives second billing to Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane has less than 12 minutes' screen time. See more »

Quotes

Pope: Sir, I accept your general rule, that every poet is a fool, but you yourself may serve to show it, that every fool is not a poet.
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Crazy Credits

With special thanks to Michael Powell 1905 - 1990 See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Divine Mr. Crisp (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Where'er You Walk
(from "Semele")
Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Andrew Watts (counter-tenor) with Peter Hayward (harpsichordist)
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the film in light of the novel
7 October 2004 | by loki_fledermausSee all my reviews

Being a huge fan of Virginia Woolf, I was apprehensive about the film adaptation of the novel, especially one which lends itself so easily to the printed word (it seems natural to accept Orlando's change in gender within the constructs of Woolf's pastiche of the historical novel, mostly due to her presentation of Orlando's personality as outside of social gender constructions).

I was pleasantly surprised! The central performance from Tilda Swinton, seemed tinged with the awkwardness the male form of Orlando has, which, when Orlando becomes a woman, seem resolved.

Structually the film is strong, making the transitions over the four hundred years more solid than the novel's more subtle approach. The film is also stunning visually. Despite a few moments which seem to ground the film very firmly within the early nineties (Jimmy Somerville as an angel...?!) overall the film is an interesting and fulfilling adaptation of an interesting novel.


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