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Shakespeare hits the new millenium in this teen-friendly update to Othello. In essence a devious tale of ''eliminate my enemies so that daddy will notice me'', in which a basketball coach's son aims to eliminate the star player, who happens to be the only black in the school. Daddy seems to prefer the black star to his own son, which causes him to set his plan in motion, using friends as mere pawns in a game which turns increasingly violent. He manages to use his jealousy to arouse similar feelings amongst the others, pushing them into drastic action.

95 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Violence) .
Drama, Romance

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Credits

Cast
Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Elden Henson, Andrew Keegan, Rain Phoenix
Director
Tim Blake Nelson
ScreenplayBrad Kaaya, from the play by William Shakespeare
MusicJeff Danna
CinematographyRussell Lee Fine
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor
Made in2001
Produced byChickie the Cop, Daniel Fried Entertainment, Filmengine, Rhulen Entertainment

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Ian Douglas
13
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Aldrin Naidu
10
The Star
Janine Walker
14
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Total Movie
Robbie Walker
10
SL
Nathan Zeno
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
10
Box Office
Luisa F. Ribeiro
13
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15
Uncut
David Stubbs
8
Empire
Alan Morrison
15

What the People say

Internet
990 Netizens
13

Average .. 61%

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Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Well, I didn't know the story beforehand, but can now see why it is such a popular Shakespeare piece. It is beautifully plotted, with complex characters. The transposition to the modern era works well, and while not as crowd-pleasing as Ten Things I Hate About You (tragedy as opposed to rom-com), it is easily as well done.






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