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In theaters Jun 23, 1950
Unrated, 1 hr. 51 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: Shakespeare's tragic tale of the rise and fall of ambitious 12th-century Scottish warrior MacBeth has proven irresistible to filmmakers. Orson Welles was so anxious to transfer the play to the screen
Director: Orson Welles
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Genre: Drama, Classics
Theater Release: Jun 23, 1950


Orson Welles

Jeanette Nolan

Lady Macbeth
Alan Napier

A Holy Father
Peggy Webber

Lady Macduff


Critic Reviews

Consensus: This haunting, eccentric Macbeth may be hampered by budget constraints, but Orson Welles delivers both behind and in front of the camera.
  • Only a few of the Bard's best lines are audible. The rest are lost in strained, dialectic gibbering that is only sound, not prose. More...
  • Stark, intermittently brilliant. More...
  • Wonder-Boy Welles has an imaginative way with a camera. More...
  • One of the director's most personal creations, it's a courageous experiment with a craggy barbaric splendor all its own. More...
  • There is force in this rough, hasty rendering; the sheer speed of the pacing gives it a quality of crushing delirium. More...
  • Adventurous film-making that takes risks, and full of imaginative flourishes. More...
  • A fascinating endeavor. More...
  • Welles brings his usual first-rate shadows, mist, and deep compositions, but Macbeth is both strangely pat and frequently hammy otherwise. More...
  • Powerhouse performance from Orson Welles as the troubled Prince. More...
  • The movie is so fragmented that no real interpretation of the play ever coagulates. As with all of Welles' films, however, there are a number of memorable moments. More...

User Reviews

  • Hor-rors. This may be the worst version I've ever seen. To reiterate, this is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, so I'm most critical when I watch...
  • Another inspired, original work by one of the true artists in American cinema. Welles makes excellent use of his small budget, producing a film that...