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O (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though well-intentioned and serious in its exploration of teen violence, O is an uneven experiment that doesn't quite succeed.

Movie Info

Deep in the American South, NBA hopeful Odin James is the only black student at an elite private school. Playing point guard, Odin is a basketball scout's dream, possessing the talent to go straight from high school to the pros. Odin not only enjoys widespread popularity with the students, he is dating the beautiful Desi Brable, daughter of Dean Brable. Odin's best friend, Hugo Goulding, is a starting forward on the basketball team and the son of Coach Duke Goulding. Hugo is bitterly envious of Odin and the attention he receives from the coach and everyone else. Placed in the role of Odin's confidante, Hugo is, in reality, seeking to destroy his friend. Striking at the very core of Odin's soul, Hugo convinces him that Desi is having an affair with another member of the basketball team, Michael Casio. As the basketball season comes to a dramatic finish, conflict among the friends escalates into irrevocable tragedy when Hugo executes a plan prompting Odin to throw away all he cares about most.more
Rating: R (for violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Kaaya
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2002
Box Office: $15.5M
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


Mekhi Phifer
as Odin `O' James
Josh Hartnett
as Hugo Goulding
Julia Stiles
as Desi Brable
Elden Henson
as Roger Rodriguez
Andrew Keegan
as Michael Casio
John Heard
as Dean Bob Brable
Martin Sheen
as Coach Duke `The Duke...
Chris Freihofer
as Assistant Coach
Christopher Dong
as Dutchman Player
Chris Dong
as Dutchman Player
Ken French
as Scout No. 1
Dana Ratliff
as T.V. Announcer
Marshall Gitter
as Radio Announcer
Lisa Benavides
as Ms. Serney
Ronalda Stover
as Woman Score Keeper
Mike Flippo
as Mr. Bradley
Zack David
as Basketball Player (H...
Julie Fishell
as Newscaster
James Galloway
as Basketball Player (H...
Wally Welch
as Mr. Kirby
Michael Givens
as Basketball Player (H...
Chase Page
as Basketball Player (H...
Rick Streeter
as Basketball Player (H...
Doug Ayers
as Basketball Player (H...
Dal Conner
as Basketball Player (D...
David Dooley
as Basketball Player (D...
Justin Ferira
as Basketball Player (D...
Jaime Ingram
as Basketball Player (D...
Jantz Baker
as Basketball Player (T...
Jerred Clarke
as Basketball Player (T...
Christopher Grooms
as Basketball Player (T...
Shawn Hill
as Basketball Player (T...
Parker Kirby
as Basketball Player (T...
Sean Murphy
as Basketball Player (T...
Jon Rosenbloom
as Basketball Player (T...
Derek Zieminsky
as Basketball Player (T...
Richard Grandison
as Basketball Player (B...
Evan Jones
as Basketball Player (B...
Errol McPherson
as Basketball Player (B...
Nathan Monroe
as Basketball Player (B...
Tony Moore
as Basketball Player (B...
Bernard Smalls
as Basketball Player (B...
Quintrai Washington
as Basketball Player (B...
Josh Thorpe
as Student Basketball M...
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Critic Reviews for O

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (33)

This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Top Critic

This transferral of the tragedy of the Moor to a contempo American high school is something that never should have gone further than a class assignment to see if it could be made to work.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Top Critic

Credit, none the less, to the film-makers' game, unpatronising approach, and to Phifer and Stiles as compelling innocents.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking?

Full Review… | July 6, 2008

It's highly enjoyable and well acted, with the Iago figure better motivated than in the original play, no single line of which has been retained except for the odd echo.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Observer [UK]

Helmer Nelson has fashioned a clever premise, helped along by a smart ensemble that manages to highlight Shakespeare's work without parodying it--no small accomplishment.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for O


As I watched this movie I remembered that I had seen it before, I hate it when that happens.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

Nothing comes between two people's love, like one person's jealously.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Actually a really great translation that didn't make a mockery of Shakespeare's work. Josh Harnett played a great Iago. It's interesting that this left more of a lasting impression on me that reading the play. Seeing all these things happen (especially when making the characters younger) really allows you to see the true sense of the meaning tragedy.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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