• Orlando (1993)


Release Date: May 16th, 1993

DVD Release Date: August 3rd, 1999

PG-13 |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

In 1600, nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) inherits his parents' house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp), who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as a female to retain her property as the centuries roll by.

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau, John Wood, Charlotte Valandrey, Heathcote Williams, Quentin Crisp, Peter Eyre

Director: Sally Potter

Genres: Historical drama , Fantasy

Production Co: Rio, Adventure Pictures, Sigma, Lenfilm Studio, Mikado Films, British Screen Productions

Keywords: Offbeat, London, Cool, Transformation, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Directed with sly grace and quiet elegance by Sally Potter, it is not about a story or a plot, but about a vision of human existence. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    Rarely have source material, director, and leading actress been more in alignment than in Orlando. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    What it lacks in coherence it makes up for in sheer spectacle. show more

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)