MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,917 this week

Passion (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  29 September 1996 (USA)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 231 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 3 critic

In 19th century Italy, a young soldier becomes shattered by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel's homely, ailing cousin.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (based on the film "Passione d'amore" by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 343 titles
created 16 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1878 titles
created 19 Jan 2012
 
a list of 752 titles
created 11 Apr 2012
 
a list of 310 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
 
a list of 9999 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Passion" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Passion (TV Movie 1996)

Passion (TV Movie 1996) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Passion.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the 1860's, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Valeria D'Obici, Laura Antonelli
American Playhouse (TV Series 1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson
Company (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Following five couples and their friend Robert (Neil Patrick Harris), the perpetual bachelor, Company explores the true meaning of being in a relationship through a series of vignettes. ... See full summary »

Director: Lonny Price
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Martha Plimpton
Six by Sondheim (TV Movie 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist.

Directors: James Lapine, Autumn DeWilde, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Fredrik Egerman is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne. Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrik ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Prince
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou
Gypsy (1962)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
Musical | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

It's 1846. Sweeney Todd and Anthony Hope, greeted only by a crazed beggar woman, sail into London, where Todd implies he has been before but not in quite some time. Todd heads to his old ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Hughes
Stars: Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Cris Groenendaal
Along the Way (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A powerful memoir of the summer of 1996 and the events that shattered the lives of four close friends.

Director: Andrew Bowen
Stars: Briel DiCristofaro, Andrew Bowen, Michael Cade
Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series 1976)
Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stars: Beverly Sills, Louis Perry, Zubin Mehta
Table Settings (TV Movie 1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

"Table Settings" was part of a series of stage plays that HBO broadcast in the early 80s. (Others included "Vanities" and "Barefoot in the Park.") This comedy is about three generations of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Trevor Evans
Stars: Robert Klein, Stockard Channing, Mindy Cohn
Drama

Three young New Yorkers meet by chance at a literary party, setting in motion the successes and failures of career, marriage, art, parenthood and friendship -- marking those moments that pass unnoticed but determine who we become.

Director: James Lapine
Pacific Overtures (TV Movie 1976)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.

Director: Marty Pasetta
Stars: Mako, Soon-Tek Oh, Yuki Shimoda
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Fosca
Jere Shea ...
Giorgio
...
Clara
Gregg Edelman ...
Colonel Ricci
...
Dr. Tambourri
Linda Balgord ...
Fosca's Mother
...
Major Rizzolli
William Parry
Christopher Peccaro
Francis Ruivivar
John Antony
Marcus Olson
Edit

Storyline

Giorgio, a young soldier, is in love with the married Clara and becomes her lover. But they are separated when Giorgio is posted far away where he meets the unhappy unhealthy Fosca who develops a passionate love for Giorgio and tries to make him love her. Film of the Broadway production. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 September 1996 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Aldredge was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Passion" and recreated his role in this filmed production. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Ricci: In war you know the enemy. Not always so in life. The enemy was love. Selfishness really, but love. All of us blinded by love that makes everything seem possible.
See more »

Connections

Remake of Passion of Love (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

First Transition
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Jere Shea
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Extraordinary
22 August 2001 | by (York, England) – See all my reviews

There's a number of different reactions that I can imagine a viewer could experience whilst watching this musical. My own was that of complete surrender to an intense and beautiful, if unlikely and dramatically heightened, story. But when a story is so stylised, when it is pushed as far to an extreme as possible, I feel that it can be permitted to go anywhere and twist *anything*. There is a line in Sondheim's PASSION goes, "Love that thinks everything is pure, everything is beautiful, everything is possible...," and this is precisely what we must understand before PASSION can make sense.

The score in itself could accompany a ballet, wordless, and still be beautiful, I think (and I'm no huge fan of ballet). The lyrics are so fitting and right that they add yet another layer. I saw this filmed production about a year ago for the first time, before I listened to the album... but since then, I've become used to just listening to the 70 minute condensed version. Watching this again today reminded me just how amazing Donna Murphy is as Fosca, how stylised the whole show is visually, and simply of the value of *seeing* a work *intended* to be seen as well as heard, something a lot of musical fans can easily forget when access to professional productions can be so hard and expensive.

Obviously there are those to whom this will not appeal. It asks you to believe in that entirely fictional kind of love, the kind that, if we ever *do* feel it, always feels false and embarrassing in retrospect. But Sondheim is better than any trash novel-writer and he deals with this ultimate extreme by pushing it even further so as to be so close to the ridiculous that it becomes something else entirely - the narrowminded might still laugh, but if you're prepared to risk going deeper, the investment is paid off. The actors in this production, particularly Donna Murphy, completely absorb themselves in their roles and truly give their all, the final scene between Fosca and Giorgio being perhaps one of the most intense, painful, and beautiful moments on the screen, merely from the exhausted, "hopelessly in love" expressions on both actors' faces. The movie is beautiful if you can find a way to let it in. You'll find yourself, in the end, seeing the movie's true beauty, repeating the movie's most profound line, "I don't know how I let you so far inside my mind, but there you are and there you will stay, how could I ever wish you away?"


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Some of my Favorite Sondhiem Songs! boarding_angel
where can i watch this? cheekyfilm
Discuss Passion (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?