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Macbeth (1971)



Critic Consensus: Roman Polanski's Macbeth is unsettling and uneven, but also undeniably compelling.

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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

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Jon Finch
as Macbeth
Francesca Annis
as Lady Macbeth
Paul Shelley
as Donalbain
Frank Wylie
as Mentieth
Bruce Purchase
as Caithness
Noel Davis
as Seyton
Noelle Rimmington
as Young Witch
Maisie Farquhar
as Blind Witch
Vic Abbott
as Cawdor
Elsie Taylor
as 1st Witch
Bill Drysdale
as 1st King's Groom
Roy Jones
as 2nd King's Groom
Patricia Mason
as Gentlewoman
Ian Hogg
as 1st Minor Thane
Geoffrey Reed
as 2nd Minor Thane
Nigel Ashton
as 3rd Minor Thane
Mark Dignam
as Macduff's Son
Diane Fletcher
as Lady Macduff
William Hobbs
as Young Seyward
Alf Joint
as Old Seyward
Howard Lang
as Old Soldier
David Ellison
as Old Soldier
Paul Hennen
as Boy Apprentice
Beth Owen
as Dancer
Maisie MacFarquhar
as Blind Witch
Jane Kells
as Dancer
Pam Foster
as Dancer
Don Vernon
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6)

It's a model of how to stay true to Shakespeare and film without sacrificing one for the other, and if that wasn't evident in 1971, it ought to be obvious now.

September 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The wide-screen visuals swamp the dialogue, and the thematics have been turned inside out -- but that's what movie adaptations ought to do.

July 3, 2008

Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's as if the play has been inhabited by Hell's Angels who are quick studies. All of this, of course, makes Polanski's Macbeth more interesting than if he had done your ordinary, respectable, awe-stricken tiptoe around Shakespeare.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.

May 4, 2004

Audience Reviews for Macbeth


In case you ever wondered what would happen if Polanski did a Shakespeare production, check out this movie, it's actually very cool. I loved it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Rich and thick as stew. A graphic introduction to Shakespeare in shocking display.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Bloody yet brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. One of the few film adaptations of Shakespeare that I've thoroughly enjoyed watching. Jon Finch was absolutely incredible as Macbeth. I also loved the actress who played Lady Macbeth. Highly recommended.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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