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Cosi (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  11 April 1997 (USA)
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Lewis
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Roy
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Julie
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Lucy
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Nick
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Errol
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Cherry
Pamela Rabe ...
Ruth
Paul Chubb ...
Henry
Colin Hay ...
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Tony Llewellyn-Jones ...
Kirner
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Sandra
Robin Ramsay ...
Minister for Health
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Bernard Goldman
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Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney institution for mentally ill. His project is overrun by one of the patients Roy who wants to put on stage Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart). None of the patients in the cast is able to sing and none of them knows Italian which is the language of the libretto. Through a lot of difficulties Lewis and his cast develop a deep understanding. The play smartly adapted for the unusual cast is finally produced: lots of unforeseen situations solved 'a la crazy way'but indeed brilliantly. Great success and sad farewell of the director from his cast. Written by Lorenzo Matteoli <matteoli@iinet.net.au>

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Sometimes you meet a person who changes your life forever - he's just walked into a room full of them! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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The cast originally included actor Bruno Lawrence, but during shooting he was taken to the hospital suffering from chest pains and was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He died a few months later. See more »

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Cherry: Will outsiders see the show?
Lewis: Don't know.
Cherry: If it's a real large role, I'll invite my dad. He'll be surprised to see me out of water.
[Lewis just looks at her]
Cherry: My dad was a great duck hunter. But we were very poor and couldn't afford a dog, so... He used to get me to point and fetch the ducks.
[pause]
Cherry: Those lakes can get pretty cold when you're swimmin' in 'em with a dead duck in your mouth.
[Lewis gapes]
Cherry: Haa! Just pullin' your leg!
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Near the end of the credits a cast member with an accordian shows up and performs Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" on it as an obvious slight to the Mozart he was told to play in the movie. A squealing piglet accompanies him. See more »

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Inspired
24 August 2000 | by (Westport, CT.) – See all my reviews

Stick with this movie and you'll be able to see something of yourself in these characters. We as a society expect very little from our mentally disabled population. Yet here was a movie that celebrated their dedication to a project, something bigger than themselves. I know how capable this population is because my friend is the musical director of a developmentally delayed rock 'n roll band, The Heart and Soul Band, and let me tell you, I have learned much more from them than they have from me. They are love personified and I strongly recommend getting to know yourself through this population. In this movie, Lewis did. He ultimately was inspired by their spirit, their vision, their heart, and their soul. I found this movie to be inspired and filled with valuable insights and lessons while keeping the characters very real


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