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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 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)

Gross USA:

$2,112,951
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

José Ferrer first made a name for himself by playing Iago in a theatrical production of Othello, before taking on his most famous role of Cyrano de Bergerac. Iago is played in this film by Kenneth Branagh, who also went on to play Cyrano on BBC Radio. See more »

Goofs

Gov. Montano stops Cassio from beating Roderigo, and Cassio's sword is raised above his head. Montano says, "You're drunk" and Cassio's response, "Drunk?" is accompanied by the sound of his already drawn sword being pulled from its scabbard for attack. 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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Shakespeare would have been pleased
3 August 1998 | by mermattSee all my reviews

While maintaining the location and time period of the original play, this film gives us a much clearer insight into Othello as a character and as a story than many of the supposedly more important versions. The dialogue is trimmed to what is essential, the settings are atmospheric, and the cast is great. You will never forget the story after you see this version.


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