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Complete series cast summary:
 Joshua C. Holroyd 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Dr. Monygham 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Charles Gould 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Pedro Montero 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Ruth Gabriel ...
 Antonia Avellanos 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Don Jose Avellanos 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Emilia Gould 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Gen. Montero 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Xavier Burbano ...
 Don Ambrosio 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Nelson E. Guerrero ...
 Father Corbelan 4 episodes, 1996-1997
John Hale ...
Ubaldo Henriques ...
 President Ribiera 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Giselle Viola 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Stefania Montorsi ...
 Linda Viola 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Mario E. Sanches ...
Michael Wearing ...
 Ernest Gould 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Carolina Atenzio
Magali Caicedo
Nancy Cruz
Ricardo Daza
Fiorentino Del Castillo
Freddy Howard
Alberto Martínez
Juan Carlos Marulanda
Manolo Morales
Mauricio Rodríguez
Cristóbal Vargas
 Capt. Mitchell 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Martin Decoud 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Teresa Viola 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Col. Sotillo 4 episodes, 1996-1997
 Gen. Barrios 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Franco Fantasia
 Giorgio Viola 4 episodes, 1996-1997
Guillermo Gentile ...


In an unstable South American country, capable Nostromo, a person of trust and a legend among his shipmates, is ordered to secure a shipment of silver and stop any revolutionaries who might try to take it. But even the bravest can be foolish.

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This was a long cherished project for David Lean. He was due to commence filming on 1991 but he fell ill and died soon afterwards. It is probably one of the most celebrated scripts never to be filmed, and the cast would have included Dennis Quaid, Isabella Rosselini, Liam Neeson and George Corraface, with possible involvement by Peter O'Toole, Paul Scofield and Marlon Brando. See more »

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Over 5 hours of brilliant film-making: it is time it was shown again
29 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Konrad Korzeniowski came out of Poland and from Marseille began a sailor's life on merchant ships, surviving shipwreck, pirates and all the pains and glories of an adventurous seafaring life. After 15 years of this he settled in London and began writing novels. What kind of English he picked up by crews made up of Filipinos, Galicians, Greeks, Italians, Chinese, Indonesians and so on, might be anybody's guess: however, reading his novels you find his command of English is absolute, as well as his ability to paint real characters with all the fears and hates and loves and feelings in general, together with a philosophical pattern which holds his `yarns' together, such that all his novels are considered modern classics. Among them two stand out as being among the mightiest achievements in English-language literature: Lord Jim and Nostromo.

Joseph Conrad's character `Nostromo' was an Italian working as a jetty foreman in a port in South America. Throughout more than 450 pages Conrad builds up an incredible portrait of this man, interweaving all the other characters around him. Conrad's art is to tell an adventure story but with high quality literature that has never been surpassed in this genre. It is as if he had applied the art of writers like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in his work, so profound he is. The novel `Nostromo' is a cathedral in English-language literature.

Fortunately, when four European TV Film companies got together, helped by a Boston station, to turn this magnificent novel into a TV series, they were up to the mark. A huge production, beautifully made, definitely worthy of the great novel. Filmed around Cartagena de las Indias, which is more or less spot on where Conrad put it, superb cinematography, excellent acting from everyone, all directed unerringly by Alistair Reid, puts this mini-series in a special category. Not since `Marco Polo' (1982) (qv) had a European production reached such magnificence. And once again, Ennio Morricone puts the final touch with his wonderful music.

Special mention for Claudio Amendola as Nostromo, and of course Lothaire Decoud, Claudia Cardinale and Albert Finney are all excellent – as is the rest of the cast. But in this great work nothing was done by halves: BBC, RAI and TVE have combined to give all the authenticity of the novel's multi-racial setting.

`Nostromo' sits in pride of place in my video collection.

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