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Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | August 1988 (USA)
1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Basil Pascali
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Anthony Bowles
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Mardosian
George Murcell ...
Herr Gesing
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Lydia Neuman
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Pasha
Stefan Gryff ...
Izzet Effendi
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Pariente
Sheila Allen ...
Mrs. Marchant
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Dr. Hogan
Danielle Allen ...
Mrs. Hogan
Nick Burnell ...
Chaudan
Giorgos Oikonomou ...
Greek Rebel
Alistair Campbell ...
Captain
Ali Abatsis ...
Boy in Bath
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1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die vergessene Insel  »

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by Guy Printemps/Anne Forez
Courtesy of Telora
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another good film that never found an audience
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The writer responsible for the schlock-shocker 'Fatal Attraction' takes an altogether different approach for his own turn as director, in an old-fashioned, anachronistic bit of foreign intrigue set on a small Aegean island during the last desperate days of the Ottoman Empire. Among the film's many virtues is one neglected in recent years: it actually tells a story, with a rich sense of time and place to help bring it vividly to life. Ben Kingsley is superb in the title role, playing a petty informer on an inconsequential outpost in the Sultan's crumbling empire, who becomes caught in the plots of various foreigners seeking adventure and opportunity during the heady, treacherous years just prior to World War One. The expatriates involved in his inevitable downfall (a metaphor, perhaps, for colonial politics at he time) include a beautiful Viennese aristocrat and a roving English archaeologist out to swindle the local Pasha. The story is simple, subdues and potent, with some unusually literate skullduggery making it a modest but memorable drama of trust and betrayal.


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