Director: Oliver Parker Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Irène Jacob, Kenneth Branagh

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Actor Oliver Parker made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the tragic play by William Shakespeare that abridges the original text by half and ups the quotient of sex and violence. Laurence Fishburne stars as the Moorish general Othello, who returns a hero after crushing an invasion attempt by the Turkish army near Cyprus. Pledged to marry the lovely Desdemona (Irene Jacob), Othello ignores the advice of his intended's father, who tells him that she may have a deceptive nature. Othello's aide Iago (Kenneth Branagh), jealous over the elevation of his rival, Cassio (Nathaniel Parker, the director's real-life brother) to lieutenant, begins scheming to make Othello believe that Desdemona and Cassio are carrying on an affair. On the slimmest of evidence, Iago manages to manipulate Othello's suspicious, distrustful nature. Played previously in black face on film by actors Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier, Parker's production of Othello (1995) was the first major cinematic production to cast an African-American in the title role.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2013
UPC: 0883316690932
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 6,514

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Othello
Irène Jacob Desdemona
Kenneth Branagh Iago
Nathaniel Parker Cassio
Michael Maloney Roderigo
Anna Patrick Emilia
Nicholas Farrell Montano
Philip Locke 1st Senator
André Oumansky Gratiano
Indra Ové Bianca
John Savident 2nd Senator
Michael Sheen Lodovico
Pierre Vaneck Ferzetti Brabantio
Gabriele Ferzetti The Duke of Venice

Technical Credits
Oliver Parker Director,Screenwriter
David Barron Producer
Livia Borgognoni Art Director
Desmond Crowe Art Director
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Caroline Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Harvey Production Designer
David Johnson Cinematographer
Luca Lachin Asst. Director
Tony Lawson Editor
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Charlie Mole Score Composer
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Jonathan Olsberg Executive Producer
Luc Roeg Producer
Richard Styles Asst. Director

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Othello 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare Will always be at the top of the list for the worlds most brilliant writers. His works are the most adaptable set of stories out there, usually there are no rules for casting and as long as it isn't in the future (A rule of thumb my theatre professor told us in scenic design class.), can be set almost anywhere you can dream of. So naturally, the cinematic world is perfect for showing it. Othello is definitely a powerful story that only a genius Like Shakespeare could make and this is by far one of the best films I have ever seen. Laurence Fishburne captures Othello perfectly, conveying his emotion, pain and agony in a way that is hard to match. But the show is made by the real lead/narrator, Iago. Iago is perfectly played By Kenneth Braungh and isn't a normal villain, he is a tactical monster that few men can comprehend, not relying on violence but rather he relies on the paranoia and trusts of others to ruin them in an attempt gain power. Braunagh as usual upstages the entire cast and makes every moment of this classic Tragedy a thrilling ride that you can’t stop watching. Leaving you wanting as much Shakespeare you can get a hold of. This film is as good as it gets and is a much watch for not just Shakespeare fans but anybody who loves thrillers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good movie and book!! But a 10th grade English class should not watch it w/o the teacher sending home permission slips sence the rating is R.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my god, this film is supreme. althjough not entirley following the old willy shakespeare's origional play, it is most worthy of the cream of sumyoungguy. The way the booming othello, is so full of joy, kicks, darkness, and the way desdamona is portrayed as the sweet inoccent, personally i like to go down the lesbian path with her and emilia
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought that I would a book that was written so long ago and enjoy the movie also
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is the BEST movie i've ever seen my entire life. i've been reviewing movies for 40 years now. and its truly amazing. i recommend this for the entire family.