6.9/10
8,891
49 user 30 critic

Othello (1995)

Trailer
1:45 | Trailer
The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio, when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director:

Oliver Parker

Writers:

Oliver Parker (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Fishburne ... Othello
Irène Jacob ... Desdemona (as Irene Jacob)
Kenneth Branagh ... Iago
Nathaniel Parker ... Cassio
Michael Maloney ... Roderigo
Anna Patrick ... Emilia
Nicholas Farrell ... Montano
Indra Ové ... Bianca (as Indra Ove)
Michael Sheen ... Lodovico
André Oumansky ... Gratiano (as Andre Oumansky)
Philip Locke ... 1st Senator
John Savident ... 2nd Senator
Gabriele Ferzetti ... The Duke of Venice
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Brabantio
Learn more

More Like This 

Hamlet (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves
O (2001)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen
Othello (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shakespeare's Othello retold in modern London; racial tension in the police force collides with jealousy and revenge. An officer suspects his new bride of infidelity.

Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Eamonn Walker, Christopher Eccleston, Keeley Hawes
Henry V (1989)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd
Hamlet (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Othello (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

General Othello's marriage is destroyed when vengeful Ensign Iago convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

Director: Stuart Burge
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Robert Lang
Othello (1951)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote
Richard III (1995)
Drama | Sci-Fi | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The classic Shakespearean play about the murderously scheming 15th-century king is reimagined in an alternative setting of 1930s England as clouds of fascism gather.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Christopher Bowen
Hamlet (2000)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora
Othello (TV Movie 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

General Othello (Sir Anthony Hopkins) becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Geoffrey Chater
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs
Edit

Storyline

Iago convinces Othello, The Moor of Venice that his wife, Desdemona has been unfaithful. Iago is an evil, manipulative character with his own agenda. A plot of jealousy and rage transpires in this classic Shakespearean tale. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Envy, greed, jealousy and love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was a spectacular box office bomb, globally grossing just under 24% of its budget. See more »

Goofs

In the beach scene, equipment boxes are visible on the upper slope of the beach as Iago and Othello walk along. See more »

Quotes

Iago: This is the night... that either makes me or for does me quite.
See more »

Connections

Version of Othello (1989) See more »

User Reviews

 
Sir Laurence Fishburne? ;o)
10 July 1999 | by EFRASee all my reviews

I've always enjoyed Kenneth Branagh's versions of the Shakespeare classics, as he always does a very good job, but in this movie, the one who lifts the whole movie, is none other than "the-always-great-actor" Laurence Fishburne. Surely he has made some poor choices in films, even though he's a wonderful actor, but in this one we're truly given the real Othello: the passion, the intensity of jealousy as it grows stronger alongside with Fishburne's well portrayed paranoia and, furthermore, we're finally given a black Othello!

I don't think they could have chosen a better Othello. Who else could have given him that blend of sympathy/antipathy, love/hatred and, not to forget, those fiery eyes...? Branagh is good as always, but not at his peak, Iréne Jacob's Desdemona is fairly good but a bit bleak, whilst Laurence Fishburne truly lifts it and makes it a very interesting and enjoyable movie. Do watch it.


24 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 49 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Otelo See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,097, 17 December 1995

Gross USA:

$2,844,379

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,844,379
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed