Synopsis: In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that makes him king. But he does not enjoy his newfound, dearly-won kingship... Restructured, but all the dialogue is Shakespeare's.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Orson Welles
Production: Mercury Productions
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Pour in sow's blood

that hath eaten her nine farrow;

grease that's sweaten from the muderer's gibbet

throw into the flame;

finger of birth-strangled babe,

ditch-deliver'd by a drab;

Make the gruel thick and slab,

like a hell-broth boil and bubble,

for a charm of powerful trouble.

When shall we three meet again?

In thunder, lightening or in rain?

When the hurlyburly's done.

When the battle's lost and won.

That will be ere the set of sun.

Where to meet with


By the pricking of my thumbs,

something wicked this way comes.

So foul and fair a day I have not seen.

A drum, a drum!

Macbeth doth come.

All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee,

thane of Glamis!

What are these that look not like

the inhabitants o' the earth, and yet are on't?

Speak, if you can: what are you?


What is't you do?



Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor.

All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!

If you can look into the seeds time

and say which grain will grow and which will not,

speak then to me,

who neither beg nor fear

your favours nor your hate.


Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.

Not so happy, yet much happier.

Thou shalt get kings,

though thou be none.

So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!

Go herefrom! Leave!

Stay, you imperfect speakers,

tell me more.

I am thane of Glamis, but how of Cawdor?

the thane of Cawdor lives, a prosperous gentleman;

and to be king stands not within the prospect of relief,

no more than to be Cawdor.

My lord, Macbeth!

Kind gentlemen.

The king hath happily received, Macbeth,

the news of thy success

As thick as hail came post with post

and every one did bear

thy praises in his kingdom's great defence,

We give thee from our royal master thanks.

He bade us, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor.

What, can the devil speak true?

In which addition, hail, most worthy thane!

for it is thine.

The thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you

dress me in borrow'd robes?

Who was the thane lives yet;

but under heavy judgment bears that life

which he deserves to lose.

Treasons capital, confess'd and proved

have overthrown him.

Glamis, and thane of Cawdor!

The greatest is behind.

This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good

If ill, why hath it given me earnest of success,

commencing in a truth?

I am thane of Cawdor.

If good, why do I yield to that suggestion

whose horrid image doth unfix my hair,

and make my seated heart knock at my ribs

against the use of nature?

Worthy Macbeth,

we stay upon your leisure.

Give me your favour: my dull brain was

wrought with things forgotten.

He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear,

he hopes 'bove wisdom, grace and fear

Let us toward the king.


Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it,

came missives from the king,

who all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor',

by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me,

and referred me to the coming on of time,

with 'Hail, king that shalt be!'

Stars, hide your fires, let not light see

my black and deep desires:

Lord Banqou!

Do you not hope your children shall be kings,

when those that gave the thane of Cawdor to me

promised no less to them?

That trusted home might yet enkindle you

unto the crown, besides the thane of Cawdor.

But 'tis strange: and oftentimes, to win us to our harm,

the instruments of darkness tell us truths,

Win us with honest trifles,

to betray's in deepest consequence.

Your children shall be kings.

You shall be king.

If chance will have me king, why,

chance may crown me, without my stir.

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