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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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Oliver Parker

Writers:

Oliver Parker (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)
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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 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
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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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Taglines:

Envy, greed, jealousy and love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Otelo See more »

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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
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Oliver Parker had previously played Iago in repertory theater. 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

Othello: Put out the light - and then - put out the light
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Version of Othello the Tragedy of the Moor (2008) See more »

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An impressive update on a timeless classic
12 June 2001 | by lady_madaynaSee all my reviews

Price's 1995 version of Shakespeare's 'Othello' keeps the viewer's interest while staying true to the story. Although shortened and slightly modified, the action never stops, so that even restless audiences will enjoy and appreciate the genius that is Shakespeare. Desdemona is played to near perfection, and the actress portraying Emilia really appears to understand the different shades of such a deep character. When my acting 11/12 class viewed the film, we were so involved that one girl actually screamed at the screen. It was an enjoyable, tragic, comedic two hours that I would definitely watch again.


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