O (2001)

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An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.


6.1/10
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  • Mekhi Phifer and Tim Blake Nelson in O (2001)
  • Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer in O (2001)
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4 September 2001 | preppy-3
8
| Disturbing but fascinating
Retelling of Shakespeare's "Othello" set in the year 2000 with high school kids. I've never read "Othello" so I don't know how faithful this is. An alienated high school kid (Josh Hartnett) ignored by his basketball coach father (Martin Sheen chewing the scenery), plots to destroy Odin (Mekhi Phifer) a star player his father adores. Tragedy follows. Fast-paced, somber and disturbing. The characters talk and act like real kids--you get to know and understand them so the violence that erupts at the end is very upsetting. Excellent acting, especially by Julia Stiles (as Odin's girlfriend Desi), Phifer and Hartnett (who's absolutely chilling). The only bad acting is by Sheen--way too over the top. This is an extreme film--lots of swearing, a disturbing sex scene and the killings at the end. Worth seeing but depressing. Sat on the shelf for 2 years because Miramax was afraid of it. Good thing Lions Gate bought it and released it.

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,655,658 2 September 2001

Gross USA:

$16,025,437

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,260,537

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