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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

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Brad Kaaya (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mekhi Phifer ... Odin James
Martin Sheen ... Coach Duke Goulding
Josh Hartnett ... Hugo Goulding
Andrew Keegan ... Michael
Julia Stiles ... Desi Brable
Rain Phoenix ... Emily
Chris Freihofer ... Assistant Coach
Elden Henson ... Roger
John Heard ... Dean Brable
Anthony Johnson ... Dell (as Anthony 'A. J.' Johnson)
Chris Dong Chris Dong ... Dutchman Player
Rachel Shumate ... Brandy
Marshall Gitter Marshall Gitter ... Radio Announcer
Lisa Benavides-Nelson Lisa Benavides-Nelson ... Ms. Serney (as Lisa Benavides)
Ken French Ken French ... Scout #1
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Storyline

Tough Coach Duke Goulding leaves nothing untried to lead his almost exclusively white boarding school basketball team, the Hawks, to victory after victory, but his own son Hugo feels his polyvalent technical excellence and tireless efforts -which require using stimulants- are not getting anything like the recognition he deserves, especially when coach gives the best player award to Odin James, the only black teammate, even saying he loves Odin like his own son, who in turn only calls super-rich Michael Cassio to share in the honor. So Hugo, who is liked by everyone, decides to set up the boys who stole his glory, and he knows a cocky adolescent's weak points are his pride and his girl. This Dixie Jago schemes to bring down a black Othello and his Cassio, playing into the poisonous power of jealousy, however badly this also hurts their loved ones and the whole team... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trust. Seduction. Betrayal. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film was being edited by night while O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) was being filmed during the day. See more »

Goofs

When Odin and Hugo are in Hugo's room talking about Mike and Desi, the jacket hanging on the bed changes positions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hugo: All my life I always wanted to fly. I always wanted to live like a hawk. I know you're not supposed to be jealous of anything, but... to take flight, to soar above everything and everyone, now that's living.
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Disturbing but fascinating
4 September 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Retelling of Shakespeare's "Othello" set in the year 2000 with high school kids. I've never read "Othello" so I don't know how faithful this is. An alienated high school kid (Josh Hartnett) ignored by his basketball coach father (Martin Sheen chewing the scenery), plots to destroy Odin (Mekhi Phifer) a star player his father adores. Tragedy follows. Fast-paced, somber and disturbing. The characters talk and act like real kids--you get to know and understand them so the violence that erupts at the end is very upsetting. Excellent acting, especially by Julia Stiles (as Odin's girlfriend Desi), Phifer and Hartnett (who's absolutely chilling). The only bad acting is by Sheen--way too over the top. This is an extreme film--lots of swearing, a disturbing sex scene and the killings at the end. Worth seeing but depressing. Sat on the shelf for 2 years because Miramax was afraid of it. Good thing Lions Gate bought it and released it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,655,658, 2 September 2001

Gross USA:

$16,025,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,260,537
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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