Orlando (1992) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.9/ 10 (6440 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for some sensuality

Production Company
Adventure Pictures [gb] - (presents)
British Screen [gb] - (with the participation of)
Lenfilm Studio [ru] - (co-production) (as LENFILM)
Mikado Film [it] - (co-production) (as Mikado Film)
Rio - (co-production)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Greece) - 1992
(Italy) - 1 September 1992
(Canada) - 16 September 1992
(France) - 27 January 1993
(Germany) - 28 January 1993

Running Time


1600s, 1700s, 17th-century, 1800s, 18th-century, 19th-century, 20th-century, 400-year-old, aging, airplane, ambassador, ambiguity, ambiguous-sexuality, american, androgyny, angel, archduke, aristocracy, baby, based-on-novel, bathing, battlefield, betrayal, betrothal, birth,

Technical Support
CAM:Arriflex Cameras, Cooke S4 Lenses
LAB:Metrocolor, London, UK
MET:2571 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Antoni, George as (as George Yiasoumi) [First Valet] <20>
  2. Bluteau, Lothaire as [The Khan] <29>
  3. Bott, John (I) as [Orlando's Father] <4>
  4. Byrne, John (I) as [Courtier]
  5. Coxhill, Lol as [First Butler] <23>
  6. Crisp, Quentin as [Queen Elizabeth I] <3>
  7. Demeger, Robert as [Third Valet] <22>
  8. Eyre, Peter (I) as [Pope] <36>
  9. Grillo, John (I) as [First Official] <40>
  10. Hammond, Roger (I) as [Swift] <35>
  11. Hayward, Peter (I) as [Harpsichordist] <32>
  12. Hoffman, Thom (I) as [King William of Orange] <27>
  13. Jones, Toby (I) as [Second Valet] <21>
  14. Lecomte, Cyril as [Young French Man] <38>
  15. Medvedev, Aleksandr (I) as [Russian Sailor] <17>
  16. Munro, Hugh (I) as [Second Butler] <31>
  17. Osborn, Thom as [Doctor] <24>
  18. Pogudin, Oleg as [Desdemona] <19>
  19. Russell Beale, Simon as [Earl of Moray] <10>
  20. Sherrin, Ned as [Addison] <37>
  21. Sim, Matthew as [Lord Francis Vere] <11>
  22. Soall, Terence as [Third Butler] <43>
  23. Somerville, Jimmy as [Falsetto/Angel] <42>
  24. Stepanov, Viktor (I) as [Russian Ambassador] <13>
  25. Stephens, Toby as [Othello] <18>
  26. Sutton, Dudley as [King James I] <9>
  27. Taylor, Giles as [Tenor] <25>
  28. Watts, Andrew (I) as [Counter Tenor] <33>
  29. Williams, Heathcote as [Nick Greene/Publisher] <26>
  30. Willis, Jerome as [Translator] <12>
  31. Wimbush, Martin as [Second Official] <41>
  32. Wood, John (I) as [Archduke Harry] <30>
  33. Zane, Billy as [Shelmerdine] <2>
  34. Banham, Elaine as [Orlando's Mother] <5>
  35. Crowden, Sarah as [Queen Mary] <28>
  36. Farnworth, Anna as [Clorinda] <6>
  37. Healy, Anna as [Euphrosyne] <8>
  38. Hicks, Barbara (I) as [Second Older Woman] <16>
  39. Hunter, Kathryn as [Countess] <34>
  40. Lancelot, Olivia as [Young French Woman] <39>
  41. MacLeod, Mary (I) as [First Older Woman] <15>
  42. Mair-Thomas, Sara as [Favilla] <7>
  43. Swinton, Jessica as [Orlando's Daughter] <44>
  44. Swinton, Tilda as [Orlando] <1>
  45. Valandrey, Charlotte as [Princess Sasha] <14>


  1. Drama
  2. Romance

Full Plot

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. Phythian Orlando, a man of ideal nobility starts his search for love, poetry, a place in society and a meaning in life, in and around the court of historical England in the late 16th century. The blessing of eternal life from Queen Elizabeth I enables him a long and deep philosophical quest, accompanied by the features of "noble" English life with a good taste for irony. Both sides of the coin are shown when Orlando, partly fed up and disgusted with how men think and act, returns from his ambassadorship in the Far East as exactly the same person, let alone his sex. Orlando, a woman of ideal nobility continues her journey to realize the truth about life, love, and approaching one's own sex in the late 18th century England. For one who lived four hundred years and haven't aged a day, finding humanity's forgotten need for androgynity as the key to the happiness of her own as well as her daughter's. Sally Potter's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando not only tells the story on film with brilliant visual design, but also tries to extend the plot as Woolf would have, had she lived to the end of the twentieth century. Adam Dobay Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 66,787 (Sweden) BT: USD 4,000,000 CP: ©1992 Adventure Pictures GR: USD 5,289,772 (USA) GR: SEK 3,818,449 (Sweden) SD: 17 February 1992 - 28 April 1992

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
PG (Singapore)(cut)
M18 (Singapore)(re-rating) (2007)
15 (South Korea)
12 (Germany)(f)
M/12 (Portugal)(Qualidade)
13 (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
K-8 (Finland)
13 (Spain)
7 (Sweden)
PG-13 (USA)


  1. Rodionov, Aleksei


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Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2004) (Australia) (DVD) (widescreen collector's edition)
Warner Bros. [se] - (1993) (Sweden) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Schneid, Hervé


  1. Averbach, Masha (translator: St. Petersburg)
  2. Bartlett, Renny (director's assistant)
  3. Blochina, Alla (cashier: St. Petersburg)
  4. Bruce, Linda (production executive)
  5. Buddenberg, Guurtje (production coordinator: Holland)
  6. Clarkson, Tony (location manager)
  7. Donohue, Walter (story editor)
  8. Earle, Harriet (I) (production coordinator: Russia)
  9. Eyles, Penny (script supervisor)
  10. Finn, Jonathan (II) (production coordinator)
  11. Fraser, Simon (I) (production runner)
  12. Gotta, Zamir (II) (production associate)
  13. Heep, Annemieke (production coordinator: Holland)
  14. Husainov, Marat (translator: St. Petersburg)
  15. Hyland, Richard (I) (production accountant)
  16. Katsuba, Valera (translator: St. Petersburg)
  17. Lansley, Jacky (choreographer)
  18. Lasica, Tom (translator: St. Petersburg) (as Tomaz Lasica)
  19. Levitskaya, Vera (translator: St. Petersburg)
  20. Livings, Annie (stand-in)
  21. Maidanuk, Marina (translator: St. Petersburg)
  22. Markin, Vladimir (production assistant: St. Petersburg) (as Vladimir Malkin)
  23. Masters, Stephen (I) (titles designer)
  24. Meacham, Alan (stand-in)
  25. Moore, Roanne (producer's assistant)
  26. Musina, Inna (translator: St. Petersburg)
  27. Nikolayeva, Katya (production assistant: St. Petersburg)
  28. Norton, James (II) (production runner)
  29. Peshekhodko, Andrey (translator: St. Petersburg) (as Andrei Peshehodov)
  30. Phillips, Roger (II) (title designer)
  31. Popova, Lyubava (translator: St. Petersburg) (as Lubava Popova)
  32. Reshetnikov, Yevgeny (production assistant: St. Petersburg) (as Yevgeni Reshetnikov)
  33. Richdale, Kelly (translator: St. Petersburg)
  34. Sadovskaya, Ludmila (accountant: St. Petersburg)
  35. Scott, Gabrielle (I) (production assistant: St. Petersburg)
  36. Tokarskikh, Natalia (production coordinator: St. Petersburg)
  37. Vronskaya, Anna (I) (production executive)
  38. Yegorov, Vladimir (III) (production assistant: St. Petersburg)
  39. Yerenkov, Vitaly (translator: St. Petersburg)


Narrator: She's lived for 400 years and hardly aged a day; but, because this is England, everyone pretends not to notice. Princess Sasha: You suffer in advance. Shelmerdine: You're hurt ma'am. Orlando: I'm dead, sir. Shelmerdine: Dead. That's serious. Can I help? Orlando: Will you marry me? Shelmerdine: Ma'am... I would gladly, but I fear my ankle is twisted. Orlando: Same person. No difference at all... just a different sex. Archduke Harry: Orlando, to me you were and always will be, whether male or female, the pink, the pearl, and the perfection of your sex. The Khan: It has been said to me that the English make a habit of collecting... countries. Archduke Harry: I'm offering you my hand. Orlando: Oh! Archduke! That's very kind of you, yes. I cannot accept. Archduke Harry: But I... I am England. And you are mine. Orlando: I see. On what grounds? Archduke Harry: That I adore you. Orlando: But you are mine! Princess Sasha: But why? Orlando: Because... I adore you. Euphrosyne: The treachery of men! Orlando: The treachery of women! Orlando: I can find only three words to describe the female sex. None of which are worth expressing. First Official: One, you are legally dead and therefore cannot hold any property whatsoever. Orlando: Ah. Fine. First Official: Two, you are now a female. Second Official: Which amounts to much the same thing. Orlando's Father: Now, what would please you? All that is mine is here for your pleasure. Queen Elizabeth I: All you call yours is mine already. Queen Elizabeth I: [conferring the family estate upon Orlando] For you and for your heirs, Orlando: the house. Orlando: Your Majesty, I am forever... Queen Elizabeth I: But on one condition. Do not fade. Do not wither. Do not grow old. Orlando: Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates melancholy from happiness. Pope: Sir, I accept your general rule, that every poet is a fool, but you yourself may serve to show it, that every fool is not a poet. [Orlando starts to tend to the wounds of an enemy soldier] Archduke Harry: Leave him. Orlando: This is a dying man. Archduke Harry: He's not a man. He's the enemy. Orlando: If I were a man... Shelmerdine: You? Orlando: I might choose not to risk my life for an uncertain cause. I might think that freedom won by death is not worth having. In fact... Shelmerdine: You might choose not to be a real man at all. Say, if I were a woman... Orlando: You? Shelmerdine: I might choose not to sacrifice my life caring for my children, nor my children's children, nor to drown anonymously in the milk of female kindness, but instead, say, to go abroad. Would I then be... Orlando: A real woman? [speaking in French] Princess Sasha: You speak French? Orlando: A bit. But most of the English can't... don't want to speak other languages. Princess Sasha: But how do they communicate with foreigners? Orlando: They speak English louder.

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  2. Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  3. Khiva, Uzbekistan
  4. St. Petersburg, Russia


- The drinking scene in the desert with Orlando and the Khan is based on what actually occurred with the production crew. 'Sally Potter (I)' (qv) set up a banquet in the desert to woo a local Russian mayor into letting them use a local castle for some shoots. During the banquet, some Russian alcohol was served by the mayor, but the production crew were unable to swallow the drink straight.

- As Orlando progresses throughout the years, during each new incarnation actress 'Tilda Swinton' (qv)'s eye color changes.

- Though top billed second after 'Tilda Swinton' (qv), 'Billy Zane' (qv)'s time screening does not exceed 12 minutes duration of the film.