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The Red Violin (1998)
"Le violon rouge" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | Mystery  -  11 June 1999 (USA)
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A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi ...
Irene Grazioli ...
Anita Laurenzi ...
Tommaso Puntelli ...
Apprentice (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti ...
Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Aldo Brugnini ...
Assistant (Cremona)
Christoph Koncz ...
Clotilde Mollet ...
Florentín Groll ...
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Rainer Egger ...
Paul Koeker ...
Wolfgang Böck ...
Brother Michael (Vienna)
Josef Mairginter ...
Brother Franz (Vienna)
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Storyline

In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as "the red violin," is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of "the red violin." Written by Sean Gallagher <naes@cgocable.net>

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An instrument of passion. A shocking secret. An extraordinary journey. See more »


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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$129,564 (USA) (13 November 1998)

Gross:

$9,473,382 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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Trivia

The Vienna section of the movie concerns itself with a boy named Kaspar who is described as an orphan and a wild child. This is probably a reference to Werner Herzog's film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), which also concerns itself with a wild child named Kaspar, and which is also in German. See more »

Goofs

The substance used to give the violin its color would not actually work in real life. The substance does not mix into varnish, and would quickly coagulate and oxidize to a dark brown or black color if it were actually used as the movie implies. See more »

Quotes

Charles Morritz: What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?
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Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

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O Richard! O mon Roi!
from "Richard Coeur de Lion"
Composed by André-Modeste Grétry
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6 December 1998 | by (ontario, canada) – See all my reviews

this movie, like a book of short stories, can hook you once and annoy you the next. The segments follow a violin for 3 centuries obviously shooting for a wide range of settings, thus a wide range of stories and characters. But they are all much different. The Red Violin will be rewarding for those who pay attention, and a pain for those who don't, because the transaction of the violin from person to person isn't smooth, whoever is not willing to pay attention should steer clear. I definitely recommend it to all big movie buffs, because those willing to see it, should. I really enjoyed Don Mcellars work before, and this is no different. Some segments, like 'Vienna' are very enjoyable and sad (in a good way, like bambi's mom getting shot) well some like 'Oxford' are dark and depressing. You may not leave thinking it's spectacular, but ya gotta respect it. Thumbs up.


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