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Othello (1995)

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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Othello
... Desdemona (as Irene Jacob)
... Iago
... Cassio
... Roderigo
... Emilia
... Montano
Indra Ové ... Bianca (as Indra Ove)
... Lodovico
André Oumansky ... Gratiano (as Andre Oumansky)
Philip Locke ... 1st Senator
... 2nd Senator
... The Duke of Venice
Pierre Vaneck ... Brabantio
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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>

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Envy, greed, jealousy and love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Otelo  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,112,951
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1.85 : 1
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Nathaniel Parker (Cassio) is the younger brother of the director Oliver Parker. See more »

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During Emilia's dying speech, the already dead Desdemona can be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

Othello: [to Cassio, after having killed his wife Desdemonda] Will you, I pray, demand this demi-devil why he hath thus ensnared my mind and body?
Iago: Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. From this time on I never will speak word.
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Version of The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981) See more »

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Shakespeare for beginners
10 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

I like the full versions of Shakespeare on film and will happily put in the effort for the reward. However I do like the cut versions (Richard III, Romeo & Juliet etc), yes they are for the short of attention MTV generation, but is that a bad thing?

It's good to get a new generation into these plays. In this version Brannagh gives an effortless performance (he can do shakespeare in his sleep) and Fishburne is great as the main character tortured by the betrayal and lack of honour of those around him.(although at times i was listening for the "Shaft" theme song - he did play it a bit street-tuff at time!).

A cut version yes, but it looks beautiful and is more accesible than other versions.


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