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Encyclopedia > O (film)
O
Directed by Tim Blake Nelson
Produced by Anthony Rhulen
Written by William Shakespeare (play)
Brad Kaaya
Starring Mekhi Phifer
Josh Hartnett
Julia Stiles
Andrew Keegan
Martin Sheen
Distributed by Lions Gate Films Inc.
Release date(s) 31 August 2001 (USA)
Running time 95 min.
Language English
Budget $5, 000, 000
IMDb profile

O is a 2001 'teen' film version of William Shakespeare's Othello. Image File history File links O_film. ... Tim Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American character actor and film director. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Mehki Phifer was born December 29, 1974 in Harlem, New York. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Andrew Keegan (born January 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California)He is 57 189 Pounds is an American actor. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Othello and Desdemona by Alexandre-Marie Colin. ...


The film's intended release date coincided with the Columbine High School massacre, so the film was shelved. It was finally released in 2001. It was directed by Tim Blake Nelson and written by Brad Kaaya. It contains many different styles of music, ranging from rap to opera. It was filmed in South Carolina. The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado (the CDP of Columbine) near Denver and Littleton. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Tim Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American character actor and film director. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude...


Told in a contemporary high school setting, Othello is now Odin (Mekhi Phifer), star of the basketball team and the school's only African American student. Desdemona is Desi (Julia Stiles, in her second modern adaptation of a Shakespeare play), the dean's daughter and Odin's girlfriend. 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. Roderigo is Roger (Elden Henson), Hugo's best friend, a rich and troubled student who wants to go out with Desi, and helps Hugo until he is killed by Hugo because of his incompetence. Cassio is Michael Cassio (Andrew Keegan), another basketball player whom Odin highly respects at the beginning of the movie, but they have a falling-out when Michael gets up and fights with Roger, and Hugo convinces Odin that Michael loves Desi. Emilia is Emily (Rain Phoenix), Desi's best friend and Hugo's girlfriend. Brabantio is Dean Brable (John Heard), the president of the school and Desi's father. The duke of Venice is the basketball coach, also known as Duke (Martin Sheen), whose character's role in the movie is much expanded compared to his role in the play. Duke's love and attention for Odin and not for Hugo is primarily what led to Hugo's instability and jealousy. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mehki Phifer was born December 29, 1974 in Harlem, New York. ... Desdemona by Frederic Leighton Desdemona is a fictional character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. ... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Othello and Iago. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Elden Henson (Born on August 30, 1977) is an American actor from Rockville, Maryland. ... Andrew Keegan (born January 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California)He is 57 189 Pounds is an American actor. ... Rain Joan of Arc Phoenix, a. ... John Heard John Heard (born March 7, 1945 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American actor. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ...


Plot summary

The film starts off during a basketball game. At the last minute Odin scores the basket that wins the game for his team. Later at an awards ceremony Duke presents MVP( most valuable player award) to Odin for his efforts and he shares this award with Michael. At a party celebrating the victory Hugo talks to Roger about his feelings towards Odin. He is jealous and feels he should get the MVP award since he has worked himself to death in the team. He plans with Roger to tell the Dean Desi's father that Odin raped Desi in order to split them up so that Roger can woo her. Roger however is only a pawn in Hugo's game. Hugo's plan fails. Later in another game Odin's team wins once again. At the celebration party Roger is encouraged by Hugo too provoke who is now very drunk to get into a fight with him in the hopes of making lose his position in the team so he can woo Desi. This is once again only part of Hugo's plan to ruin Odin and Desi's relationship. In the fight Roger is injured and Michael is temporarily suspended from the team. At another basketball game Odin finds it hard to defeat the opposing team but thanks to Hugo and Odin's effort the game is won. Hugo tells Michael to talk to Desi about telling Odin to try and help get Michael his position back. Michael does so. In a weightlifting room Hugo tells Odin that Desi may be cheating on him because he says that she has been with Michael a lot. Odin doesn't believe this at first but when he constantly sees Michael and Desi together. Odin questions Desi about this but Desi calms him down and he believes her. In the meantime Emily Desi's friend steals a handkerchief that Odin gave to Desi to Hugo which he gives Michael later on in the film. He hopes that by making Odin see Michael with the handkerchief Odin will believe that Desi is cheating on him.


In the meantime both Desi and Odin are passionately having sex at a hotel which they rented many days ago. Desi is particularly aroused by the sexual stimulation Odin is giving her. At the climax of their love making Odin sees an image of Michael in the mirror having sex with Desi and this prompts him to have sex with her in a hard, fast and brutal way to the point where he almost rapes her. Desi cries out telling Odin to stop because of the pain she is receiving. Odin eventually stops, crying and angry.


This summary is unfinished, and does not reflect the climatic ending of the film.


Use of Drugs

Unlike in Othello, drugs played a major role in Odin's behavior. Being under the influence of cocaine primarily caused his violent behavior. The drug use allowed Hugo to manipulate Odin into killing Desi, which ultimately leads to his own death. The drug use in "O" compensates for the different values in Shakespeares time; they believed that Othello used witchcraft, and even drugging to make Desdemona marry him. Othello and Desdemona by Alexandre-Marie Colin. ...

Character in Othello Character in O Actor
Othello Odin James Mekhi Phifer
Iago Hugo Goulding Josh Hartnett
Desdemona Desi Brable Julia Stiles
Michael Cassio Michael Cassio Andrew Keegan
Duke of Venice Coach Duke Goulding Martin Sheen
Roderigo Roger Rodriguez Elden Henson
Emilia Emily Rain Phoenix
Brabantio Dean Bob Brable John Heard
Bianca Brandy Rachel Schumate

Othello and Desdemona by Alexandre-Marie Colin. ... Mehki Phifer was born December 29, 1974 in Harlem, New York. ... Othello and Iago. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Desdemona by Frederic Leighton Desdemona is a fictional character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. ... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Michael Cassio is a fictional character in William Shakespeares tragedy Othello. ... Andrew Keegan (born January 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California)He is 57 189 Pounds is an American actor. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... Elden Henson (Born on August 30, 1977) is an American actor from Rockville, Maryland. ... Emilia is a character in William Shakespeares Othello. ... Rain Joan of Arc Phoenix, a. ... Brabantio is a character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. ... John Heard John Heard (born March 7, 1945 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American actor. ...

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O (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (280 words)
O is a 2001 'teen' film version of William Shakespeare's Othello.
The film's release date originally coincided with the Columbine High School massacre, so the film was shelved.
It was directed by Tim Blake Nelson and written by Brad Kaaya.
Film (1023 words)
The films produced in Chicago and/or distributed by Chicago companies were increasingly important nationally and internationally as U.S. firms tried to compete with imported films for domination of film screens.
Several “race film” companies (companies run largely by African Americans who made films for a fl audience) were formed during the silent film era in Chicago as well.
All of the race film firms were profoundly undercapitalized and suffered from the lack of strong distribution networks.
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