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Basil (1998)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  22 July 1998 (Norway)
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A lonely young aristocrat in turn-of the century England stuggles to meet the approval of his over-bearing, class-conscious father while trying to please the selfish woman he loves.

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Credited cast:
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John Mannion
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Basil
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Julia Sherwin
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Father Frederick
David Ross ...
Mr. Sherwin
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Ralph
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Bagshaw ...
Emma Mannion
Jenny Downham ...
Anna, Ralph's Wife
Ann Louise Grimshaw ...
Knitting Nurse
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Windmere House Chambermaid
Carli Harris ...
Young Clara Fairfax
Joanna John ...
Mother Agnes
Georgiana Johnson ...
Young Clara
Jackson Leach ...
Young Basil
Glenn Marks ...
Tramp
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Basil is the story of a sheltered, naive young aristocrat who finds a friend, John Mannion and through him meets Julia Sherwin. Basil falls in love with Julia, but she is below his class, and if his father finds out, he will be disinherited and sent away, as his older brother, Ralph was, when he unwisely did the same. How can Basil keep his love and his father's respect? Written by A Thomas

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love | friend | abortion | aristocrat | revenge | See more »

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Someone With Everything.....Has Everything To Lose

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for a scene involving abortion | See all certifications »

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22 July 1998 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Basils Liebe  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Father Frederick: Make-believe is never harmless.
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The obvious question . . .
8 December 1998 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The obvious question is why were two American actors playing Englishmen in this laughably inept, cliche-ridden melodrama? The obvious answer: Because no self-respecting English actor would be caught dead in it.

What could possibly possess Christian Slater and Jared Leto to agree to be in this mess is beyond me. This should be released as midnight movie, the kind you howl at and throw things at the screen.

It is astonishingly bad on every level. Every cliche from every old carriage and country manor movie ever made has been thrown in. Not a single one was spared. Every scrap of plausibility, reason, and common sense were tossed aside in a headlong dash into inanity.


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