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Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Andrew Braunsberg
Hugh M. Hefner
Victor Lownes
Screenplay by Roman Polanski
Kenneth Tynan
Starring Jon Finch
Francesca Annis
Music by The Third Ear Band
Cinematography Gil Taylor
Editing by Alastair McIntyre
Studio Caliban Films
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) October 13, 1971 (1971-10-13) (US)
February 2, 1972 (1972-02-02) (UK)
Running time 140 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Macbeth (or The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a 1971 historical drama film directed by Roman Polanski and co-written by Polanski and Kenneth Tynan. A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name, it tells the story of the Highland lord who becomes King of Scotland through treachery and murder. The film stars Jon Finch as the title character and Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth, noted for their relative youth as actors. Macbeth was screened out of competition at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival and was a commercial failure in the United States.


  • Jon Finch as Macbeth
  • Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth
  • Martin Shaw as Banquo
  • Terence Bayler as Macduff
  • John Stride as Ross
  • Nicholas Selby as King Duncan
  • Stephan Chase as Malcolm
  • Paul Shelley as Donalbain
  • Maisie MacFarquhar as First Witch
  • Elsie Taylor as Second Witch
  • Noelle Rimmington as Third Witch
  • Keith Chegwin as Fleance
  • Diane Fletcher as Lady Macduff
  • Mark Dightam as Macduff's son
  • Bernard Archard as Angus
  • Sydney Bromley as Porter
  • Richard Pearson as Doctor


For the film score, Polanski employed the Third Ear Band, a musical group which enjoyed initial success after publishing their album Alchemy in 1969. The band composed original music for the film, by adding electronic music to hand drums, woodwinds and strings. Recorders and oboes were also used, inspired by Medieval music in Scotland. Additionally, elements of music in India and the Middle East and jazz were incorporated into the score.


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
BAFTA Awards 1973 Best Film Music Third Ear Band Nominated
Best Costume Design Anthony Mendleson Won
National Board of Review 3 January 1972 Best Film Macbeth Won
Top Ten Films Won

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