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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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Everything Comes Full Circle... 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Othello See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,916,625, 2 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,017,403, 4 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Natasha Lyonne and Mena Suvari were considered for the part of Desi. See more »

Goofs

In the end when Emily is confronting Hugo about telling O that Desi was cheating on him, she is pointing in O's direction with her left hand. In the next shot, she has changed hands and is pointing at Hugo. 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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Version of TV de Vanguarda: Othelo (1952) See more »

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O soars high
26 November 2004 | by BettieTeeseSee all my reviews

Critics have accused Tim Blake Nelson's cinematic version of Shakespeare's Othello,of 'glorifying' violence in a school setting,but i strongly disagree,and believe that this somewhat controversial film should be viewed by teenagers.It explores the origins of school violence and how teen angst can lead to tragedy.The film communicates a powerful message that no teenager is incapable of taking their jealousy to extremes,and O's superb cast of young actors effectively demonstrate how treachery and envy can lead to tragedy.Quite correctly,the film is aimed at a teenage audience,with a smorgasboard of hot young talent.Mehki Phifer,portrays Odin,the star basketball player who has everything going for him,until his 'friend' Hugo (Josh Hartnett) is overcome with his emotions and envy for Odin that he devotes his time and effort to destroying his life,which he ultimately succeeds in doing.Phifer is remarkable in his role,but Hartnett steals the show in a performance that he's never outdone.Hartnett was perfectly cast as the dark,manipulative and evil character,and its hard to pick a flaw in his performance.Julia Stiles also performs well as Desi Brable,the sweet,smart and pretty girlfriend of Odin.O is a gripping tale based on love,friendship,betrayal and deceit,issues which are effectively explored and given the importance they need in the film.It is hard-hitting and confronting,and not easily forgotten.Excessive explicit language,graphic violence and a very disturbing sex scene are most memorable.What hits hardest is how the characters treat each other,and there are scenes that are difficult to sit through,but its important that you do.O leaves you drained,but its nothing less than a masterpiece.Don't expect any sugar coating either;there isn't any.Finally,a teen film which is raw and real.


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