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Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Fantasy | 9 June 1993 (USA)
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After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.

Director:

Sally Potter

Writers:

Sally Potter, Virginia Woolf (novel)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Orlando
Quentin Crisp ... Queen Elizabeth I
Jimmy Somerville ... Falsetto / Angel
John Bott ... Orlando's Father
Elaine Banham ... Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ... Clorinda
Sara Mair-Thomas ... Favilla
Anna Healy Anna Healy ... Euphrosyne
Dudley Sutton ... King James I
Simon Russell Beale ... Earl of Moray
Matthew Sim ... Lord Francis Vere
Jerome Willis ... Translator
Viktor Stepanov ... Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
Charlotte Valandrey ... Princess Sasha
Mary MacLeod ... First Older Woman
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Storyline

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex. Written by Phythian

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The exhibit "Hollywood Costume" curated by Deborah Nadoolman, which was installed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2012 and later the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in 2014, featured one of the Queen Elizabeth I costumes worn in this film by Quentin Crisp. See more »

Quotes

Orlando: I can find only three words to describe the female sex. None of which are worth expressing.
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Connections

Referenced in Muriel's Wedding (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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Composed by Sally Potter, Jimmy Somerville, David Motion
Published by Copyright Conrtol/ Virgin Music
Performed by Jimmy Somerville
Courtesy of London Records
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My desert island film
25 June 2003 | by davesgotacatSee all my reviews

I was totally mesmerised by Orlando. The cinematography, the script, the performances and the sets are all excellent. This could have been a difficult adaptation to undertake, but Sally Potter has captured the transition of the novel perfectly. Tilda Swinton is very hypnotic in her portrayal of the title character, I adored the moments when she turned to camera and would address me personally (that's how it feels). Orlando is clearly my favourite, my desert island film. Now it's out on dvd in the UK I am watching it endlessly, my vhs version eventually wore out!


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Country:

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,030, 13 June 1993

Gross USA:

$5,377,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,377,643
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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