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When you compare O to William Shakespeare's Othello, you'll realize just how well this modern adaptation really works. Shakespeare's tragedy transfers nicely to the film's contemporary private school setting, where Othello is now Odin (Mekhi Phifer), star of the basketball team and the school's only African American student. Desdemona is Desi (Julia Stiles), the dean's daughter and Odin's girlfriend, and Iago is Hugo (Josh Hartnett), the coach's steroid-shooting son, who jealously plants seeds of doubt that fester in Odin's mind, leading them all to a tragically violent fate. As directed by Tim Blake Nelson (who played the dimwit Delmar in O Brother, Where Art Thou?), this is a clever and serious interpretation of Shakespeare that, sadly, was shelved for two years when its distributor balked at potential comparisons to the Columbine massacre. Such fears were pointless; this well-acted film delivers an anti-violence message that younger viewers will readily appreciate. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Mekhi PhiferOdin James
Josh HartnettHugo Goulding
Andrew KeeganMichael Cassio
Julia StilesDesi Brable
Rain PhoenixEmily
Elden HensonRoger Rodriguez
Martin SheenCoach Duke Goulding
John HeardDean Bob Brable

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Lifestyle
  • Director: Tim Blake Nelson
  • Producer: TriMark
  • Length: 95 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 31, 2001
    EuropeSep 13, 2002
    JapanDec 22, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 18, 2003
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