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Cosi (1996)

R  |   |  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 ...
Zac
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Doug
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ...
Kirner
Kerry Walker ...
Sandra
Robin Ramsay ...
Minister for Health
Henry Maas ...
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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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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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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"Human" & unpretentious
12 June 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

A well-written, uniquely Australian film. Skillfully handles an ensemble cast, and has many touching moments, while avoiding over-sentimentality.

While the film is a light comedy, there are tragic elements in some of the more disturbed mental patients. You come to care about each of them, but thankfully, the film doesn't try to give any simplistic "answers" to mental illness.

Ben, Toni & Rachel all give good performances. Toni also sings a nice version of a Crowded House song over the end credits.

A small film that deserves a big audience. Worth ten Hollywood blockbusters.


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