Synopsis: Desdemona defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello. But Othello's old lieutenant, Iago, doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio, and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Othello's new bride.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Stuart Burge
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
165 min

Thou told'st me thou

didst hold him in thy hate.

Despise me, if I do not.

Three great ones of the city in personal

suit to make me his lieutenant...

...off-capped to him.

And by the faith of man, I know my

price. I am worth no worse a place.

But he evades them...

...and non-suits my mediators.

"For certes," says he, "I

have already chose my officer."

And what was he? Forsooth,

a great arithmetician.

One Michael Cassio, a Florentine.

A fellow that never set

a squadron in the field...

...nor the division of a battle

knows more than a spinster.

He, in good time, must his lieutenant be...

...and I, God bless the

mark, his Moorship's ancient.

Now, sir, be judge yourself

whether I in any just term...

...am affined to love the Moor.

I would not follow him then.

O, sir, content you.

I follow him to serve my turn upon him.

Heaven is my judge, not

I for love and duty...

...but seeming so for my peculiar end.

For when my outward

action doth demonstrate...

...the native act and figure of

my heart in compliment extern...

...'tis not long after but I will wear my

heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at.

I am not what I am.

What a full fortune doth the

thick-lips owe if he can carry't thus.

Call up her father.

Rouse him, make after

him, poison his delight.

Proclaim him in the street,

incense her kinsmen...

...and though he in a fertile

climate dwell, plague him with flies.

RoDERIGo Here is her

father's house. I'll call aloud.

Do, with like timorous

accent and dire yell...

...as when by night and negligence

the fire is spied in populous cities.

RoDERIGo What, ho, Brabantio!

- Signor Brabantio, ho! IAGo: Ho!

Thieves! Thieves! Look to your house,

your daughter and your bags. Thieves!

What is the meaning of this terrible

summons? What is the matter there, huh?


is all your family within?

Are your doors locked?

Why, wherefore ask you this?

Zounds, sir, you are robbed.

For shame, put on your gown.

Your heart is burst, you

have lost half your soul.

Even now, now, very now...

...an old black ram is

tupping your white ewe.

Arise. Awake the snorting

citizens with the bell...

...or else that devil will

make a grandsire of you.

- Arise, I say.

- What, have you lost your wits?

Most reverend signor, do you know my voice?

Not I, what are you?

- My name is Roderigo.

- The worse welcome. RoDERIGo: Sir.

I have told thee not to haunt about my doors.

In honest plainness thou hast heard me say...

...my daughter is not for thee.

- Patience, good sir.

Zounds, sir, you are one of those that

will not serve God if the devil bid you.

Because we come to do you

service, you think we are ruffians.

You'll have your daughter

covered with a Barbary horse.

You'll have your nephews neigh to you.

What profane wretch art thou?

I am one, sir, that come to tell you...

...that your daughter and the Moor

are now making a beast with two backs.

- Thou art a villain.

- You're a senator.

This thou shalt

answer. I know thee, Roderigo.

Sir, I will answer anything.

But I beseech you, if't be your pleasure...

...and most wise consent,

as partly I find it is...

...that your fair daughter at this

odd-even and dull watch o'th'night...

...transported with no

worse nor better guard...

...but with a knave of

common hire, a gondolier...

...to the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor.

If this be known to you and your allowance...

...we then have done you

bold and saucy wrongs.

But if you know not this...

...my manners tell me we

have your wrong rebuke.

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