O the movie on VHS video. Starring Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett. Based on Othello by William Shakespeare. Directed by Tim Blake Nelson. 2001.
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Trust. Seduction. Betrayal.
Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare’s classic, “Othello.” O is Odin James, the school’s basketball player and future NBA hopeful. He has the adoration of all, including the team’s coach and the Dean’s beautiful daughter, Desi. Odin’s troubled friend Hugo, the coach’s son, is deeply resentful of his father’s preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seeds of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity. “O” is a stunning tale that will stay with you long after its final, powerful frame.
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Laurence Olivier Presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet on VHS. Starring Laurence Olivier, Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney, Jean Simmons, Felix Aylmer, Peter Cushing. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Laurence Olivier. 1948.
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Laurence Olivier Presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet A Rank Organisation Film
Laurence Olivier gives an immortal performance in this acclaimed adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Hamlet (Laurence Olivier), Prince of Denmark, returns home when his father is killed. There, he learns that his ambitious uncle has married the widowed Queen and claimed Hamlet’s throne for himself. Haunted by his father’s ghost and his own need for revenge, Hamlet’s torment leads to the most inspired poetry in all of Shakespeare, as well as the unforgettable final duel that seals the fate of Denmark.
A potent brew of swordplay, wordplay and outstanding performances, Hamlet won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor.
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