December 15th, 1995



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The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.9/10 (4,907 voted)

Director: Oliver Parker

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob

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.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Oliver Parker

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

Taglines: Envy, greed, jealousy and love.

Release Date: 15 December 1995

Filming Locations: Orsini Castle, Bracciano, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $2,112,951 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Iago seeks revenge on Othello, in part, because Othello makes Cassio his second in command. Iago is played in this film by Kenneth Branagh, whose mentor, Derek Jacobi, made his debut as Cassio in Othello.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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.

Iago: This is the night... that either makes me or for does me quite.

User Review

Beautifully crafted film!


I rented this film mainly to see Kenneth Branagh once again, but was totally surprised by the entire cast, especially Laurence Fishbourne who portrayed Othello brilliantly. The dignified, regal Fishbourne transforms Othello into a tragic figure with restraint, control and believability. It was also an added surprise to see two actors from Brahagh's Hamlet: Michael Maloney and Nicholas Farrel. And any film with Nathaniel Parker is a pleasure. Branagh brought a depth to Iago that I hadn't seen before, especially during the scene on the beach when he and Othello hug. Iago in tears? And then again at the final scene. Iago was evil, yes, but for an actor to find a few moments to make him human -that's when the audience knows something extraordinary has happened on stage or screen. See this film.


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