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Othello (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | 3 May 1966 (UK)
General Othello's (Sir Laurence Olivier's) marriage is destroyed when vengeful Ensign Iago (Frank Finlay) convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

Director:

Stuart Burge

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lang ... Roderigo
Frank Finlay ... Iago
Anthony Nicholls ... Brabantio
Laurence Olivier ... Othello
Roy Holder ... Clown
Derek Jacobi ... Cassio
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ... Senate Officer
Malcolm Terris ... Senate Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Michael Turner ... Gratiano
Kenneth MacKintosh Kenneth MacKintosh ... Lodovico (as Kenneth Mackintosh)
Harry Lomax Harry Lomax ... Duke of Venice
Terence Knapp Terence Knapp ... Duke's Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Keith Marsh Keith Marsh ... Senator
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Sailor / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Nick Edmett Nick Edmett ... Messenger / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots (as Nicholas Edmett)
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Storyline

Desdemona (Dame Maggie Smith) defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello (Sir Laurence Olivier). But Othello's old Ensign, Iago (Frank Finlay), doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio (Sir Derek Jacobi), and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Othello's new bride. Written by Kathy Li

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An actual performance of the National Theatre of Great Britain See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Otello See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only Shakespearean movie in which all four leading actors and actresses (Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay, and Joyce Redman) were nominated for Oscars. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Iago: O beware my lord,of jealousy! It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.
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Alternate Versions

The film's U.S. DVD release restores the Warner Bros. logo backed by a red curtain and fanfare music to the opening credits, and the "Intermission" title card about ninety minutes into the film. These have not been seen since the film's original U.S. release; they were not featured on the videocassette edition. The long-deleted "intermission break" occurs immediately after Othello says to Iago, "Now art thou my lieutenant" and Iago answers "I am your own forever". See more »

Connections

Version of Othello (1914) See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Amazing acting misunderstood by many today.
6 May 2003 | by thiinkercaSee all my reviews

This is a filmed play. Second, his interpretation is a valid one and I didnt know there was a rule that actors could not play characters of different races. That kind of reverse racism is exactly what is to be avoided. Judge the acting for acting's sake. Olivier uses a full octave voice lower for the performance, unatural to his usual tenor voice. If one simply judges the acting, it should be seen as a powerful piece of work. Another performance of this is by Anthony Hopkins, also quite excellent, with different shadings.


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