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Le violon rouge
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The Red Violin (1998) More at IMDbPro »Le violon rouge (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Don McKellar (written by) &
François Girard (written by)
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Release Date:
11 June 1999 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Passion Is Timeless See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 19 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Carlo Cecchi ... Nicolo Bussotti (Cremona)
Irene Grazioli ... Anna Bussotti (Cremona)
Anita Laurenzi ... Cesca (Cremona)
Tommaso Puntelli ... Apprentice (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti ... Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Georges Poussin (Vienna)
Aldo Brugnini ... Assistant (Cremona)
Christoph Koncz ... Kaspar Weiss (Vienna)
Clotilde Mollet ... Antoinette Pussin (Vienna)
Florentín Groll ... Anton von Spielmann (Vienna)

Johannes Silberschneider ... Father Richter (Vienna)
Rainer Egger ... Brother Christophe (Vienna)
Paul Koeker ... Brother Gustav (Vienna)
Wolfgang Böck ... Brother Michael (Vienna)
Josef Mairginter ... Brother Franz (Vienna)
Johan Gotsch ... Funeral Monk (Vienna)
Geza Hosszu-Legocky ... Gypsy Violonist (Vienna)
David Alberman ... Gypsy Violonist (Vienna)
Arthur Denberg ... Prince Mansfeld (Vienna)
Andrzej Matuszewiski ... Gypsy Violonist (Vienna)

Jason Flemyng ... Frederick Pope (Oxford)

Greta Scacchi ... Victoria Byrd (Oxford)
Eva Marie Bryer ... Sara (Oxford)
Dimitri Andreas ... Gypsy Father (Oxford)
David Gant ... Conductor (Oxford)
Sai-Kit Yung ... Manservant (Oxford) (as Stuart Ong)
Sylvia Chang ... Xiang Pei (Shanghai)
Zifeng Liu ... Chou Yuan (Shanghai) (as Zi Feng Liu)
Hong Tao ... Comrade Chan Gong (Shanghai)
Xio Fei Han ... Young Ming (Shanghai)
Zheng Wei Tan ... Guard (Shanghai) (as Zeng Wei Tan)
Zhi Qing Zhou ... Senior Policeman (Shanghai)
Xiaoshuai Wang ... Junior Policeman (Shanghai)
Zhi Qiao ... Elderly Woman (Shanghai)
Kun Qi Cao ... Deputy (Shanghai)
Rei Yang ... Young Xian Pei (Shanghai)
Lidou ... Pawnbroker (Shanghai)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Charles Morritz (Montréal)

Colm Feore ... Auctioneer (Montréal)
Monique Mercure ... Mme. Leroux (Montréal)

Don McKellar ... Evan Williams (Montréal)
Ireneusz Bogajewicz ... Mr. Ruselsky (Montréal)

Julian Richings ... Nicolas Olsberg (Montréal)

Russell Yuen ... Older Ming (Montréal)

Sandra Oh ... Madame Ming (Montréal)
Paula de Vasconcelos ... Suzanne (Montréal)

Rémy Girard ... Customs Agent (Montréal)
Marie-Josée Gauthier ... Hotel Concierge (Montréal)
Dany Laferrière ... Cabby (Montréal)
Dorothée Berryman ... Secretary (Montréal)

David La Haye ... Handler (Montréal)

Gregory Hlady ... Coat Attendant (Montréal)
Herman Meckler ... Registrar (Montréal)
Sheena Macdonald ... Ruselsky's Companion (Montréal)
Jody Shapiro ... Autograph Seeker (Montréal)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bradford ... Stagehand (Montréal)

Joshua Bell ... Violinist (Oxford) (uncredited)

Sylvia Stewart ... Security Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
François Girard 
 
Writing credits
Don McKellar (written by) &
François Girard (written by)

Produced by
Niv Fichman .... producer
Daniel Iron .... co-producer
Giannandrea Pecorelli .... co-producer
Barbara Shrier .... line producer
 
Original Music by
John Corigliano 
 
Cinematography by
Alain Dostie 
 
Film Editing by
Gaétan Huot 
 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Andrea Kenyon 
 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
 
Art Direction by
Martyn John 
 
Set Decoration by
Judy Farr 
 
Costume Design by
Renée April 
 
Makeup Department
Kathy Ducker .... assistant makeup artist: Oxford
Pat Hay .... makeup artist: Oxford
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... assistant makeup artist: Oxford
Serge Morache .... second key hair stylist
Cécile Rigault .... assistant makeup artist
Petra Schaumann .... assistant hair stylist: Oxford
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... hair stylist: Oxford
Micheline Trépanier .... makeup artist: Montreal
Nathalie Trépanier .... makeup artist
Adolf Uhrmacher .... makeup artist: Vienna
 
Production Management
Peter Alves .... post-production supervisor
Lucie Bouliane .... production manager
Tommaso Calevi .... production manager
Riccardo Folgore .... unit manager
Giuseppe Tobia Mafezzoni .... assistant production manager: Italy, Cremona
Robert Opratko .... production manager: Vienna
Cristina Romagnoli .... unit production manager: Italy (as Christina Romagnoli)
Giorgio Vacchelli .... assistant production manager: Italy/Cremona
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buck Deachman .... second assistant director
Olivier Gérard .... first assistant director: Italy
Jennifer Jonas .... assistant director
Carlo Paramidani .... second assistant director: Italy
Stefano Voltaggio .... third assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director: China (as David Webb)
Bill Yip .... first assistant director: Canada
 
Art Department
Will Ayres .... stand-by props
Mick Boleyn .... construction manager
Cecile Braemer .... assistant production designer
Rejean Brochu .... construction supervisor
Mariane Carter .... assistant production designer (as Marianne Carter)
Denis Caspar .... graphic artist
Jamie Knutson .... swing
Eric Lafrance .... carpenter
Rebecca Loncraine .... assistant art director
Luciano Magagnini .... property master
Collin Niemi .... assistant art director
Raymond Perry .... property master (as Ray Perry)
Darren Reynolds .... stand-by props
Claudio Villa .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... foley recordist
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Claude La Haye .... sound engineer
Claude La Haye .... sound
Benoit Leduc .... foley assistant
Lawrence Manchester .... additional engineering
Tchae Measroch .... foley assistant
Antoine Morin .... sound effects editor
Dominik Pagacz .... sound effects assistant editor
Guy Pelletier .... dialogue editor
Guy Pelletier .... sound editor
Jacques Plante .... adr supervisor
Marcel Pothier .... sound mixer
Marcel Pothier .... sound
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound mixer
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound
Katrina Walsh .... adr coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Frank D'Iorio .... digital compositor: Buzzimage Group
Dominic Daigle .... CGI animator
Mathieu Dupuis .... digital compositor: Buzz Image Group
Jamie Hallett .... optical cameraman
Yves Laniel .... visual effects line producer
François Lord .... digital effects artist
Andre U. Montambeault .... digital compositor
Robin Tremblay .... computer graphics animator (Miscellaneous crew, Special Effects)
Robin Tremblay .... visual effects matte painting
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jere Gillis .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Werner Bacciu .... grip: Italy
Stefano Biscaro .... key grip
Daniel Chrétien Jr. .... additional electrician: Montréal
Daniel Chrétien .... gaffer
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... key grip
Francesco Di Giacomo .... second assistant camera
Sylvaine Dufaux .... additional camera operator: "b" camera
Sylvaine Dufaux .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Julie Garceau .... video assist operator
Gernot 'Niki' Griedl .... electrician
David Jerrett .... electrician
Kimber Lee Jerrett .... best girl electric: Vienna
Andrea Lotici .... assistant electrician: Cremona, Italy
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Denis-Noel Mostert .... Steadicam operator
Ernesto Natoli .... assistant camera
Alberto Rogante .... gaffer
Salvatore Scala .... assistant electrician: Cremona, Italy
Bernhard Schober .... grip
Federico Scoponi .... assistant grip: Cremona, Italy
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Richard Wagner .... assistant camera: Vienna
 
Casting Department
Nadia Cavalli .... additional casting: Cremona, Italy
Jennifer Duffy .... casting assistant
Rita Forzano .... additional casting
Mary Selway .... additional casting
Randi Wells .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mariane Carter .... assistant costume designer (as Marianne Carter)
Rose Goodheart .... wardrobe assistant
Claudette Lilly .... costume assistant
Thomas Oláh .... costume coordinator
Ros Ward .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Louis-Philippe Rathé .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joshua Bell .... music consultant
Joshua Bell .... musician: solo violin
Alison Booth .... music production coordinator
Peter Cho .... music production coordinator
John Corigliano .... orchestrator
François Girard .... executive music producer
Matthias Gohl .... music producer
Joel Iwataki .... music mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music recordist
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Guy Pelletier .... music editor
Esa-Pekka Salonen .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Thomas Fuchs .... transportation department
 
Other crew
Jean-François Aubin .... production assistant
Charles Beare .... violin builder
Francesco Bini .... assistant choreographer: Cremona, Italy
Lorenzo Carnevali .... assistant choreographer: Cremona, Italy
Francis Choquette .... production assistant
Carmela Compagnone .... production accountant
Rebecca Cotterill .... production coordinator: Oxford
Alana Cymerman .... assistant location manager
Julie Cyrenne .... assistant production accountant
Hélène Grimard .... production accountant (as Hélène Gallizzi)
Irene Iversen .... second continuity: Vienna
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Kristjan Järvi .... assistant: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Marie La Haye .... continuity
Johanne Pelletier .... production coordinator
Helen Pratt .... production coordinator: Oxford
Michèle St-Arnaud .... location manager
Rebecca Starr .... voice-over: Anna's theme
Fran Weston .... production assistant
Patrik Attenhofer .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Frank Desgagnes .... thanks
Jonathan Weisgal .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le violon rouge" - Canada (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality
Runtime:
130 min | France:140 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to the commentary, Morgan Freeman was originally considered to play the part of Charles Morritz. The part eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The same actor who plays the fifth violinist in the gypsy musical montage is also bidder 442 at the end of the movie, which takes place at least 150 years later in the story.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Morritz:What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?See more »
Soundtrack:
O Richard! O mon Roi!See more »

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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
emotional, 6 December 1998
Author: Jess-24 from ontario, canada

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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