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Don McKellar (written by) &
François Girard (written by)
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Release Date:
11 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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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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Won Oscar. Another 19 wins & 18 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)
Serge Martineau ... Scanner (uncredited)

Sylvia Stewart ... Security Guard (uncredited)

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
Serge Martineau .... stand-in
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:
Cesca's Tarot deck appears to have been specially designed for the film. The five cards drawn are all Major Arcana and resemble the Tarot of Marseilles in design, except that the devil holds one prisoner instead of two on the Devil card, and the Chinese flag is discernible behind the figure in the Justice card.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
O Richard! O mon Roi!See more »

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52 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Take the journey, 4 March 2000
Author: mhmslm (mhmslm@pacifier.com) from Vancouver, WA

The Red Violin is the saga of spirit and soul as they press onward through time. The adventure begins with Anna, a young woman whose only child brings about her untimely death. A gift of a violin to be given to the babe becomes host to Anna's spirit. The Red Violin narrowly escapes the grips of greed, ignorance, and vengeful lust as she is passed from hand to hand of those who would have her. She wanders about the globe until at last she is exonerated by the one man who knows the truth that she holds within her wooden belly.

In spite of the death and despair, the film is truly positive. It teaches us to appreciate people from all walks of life. From the violin maker of the 16th century who made the Red Violin for the bittersweet arrival of his baby son, we travel through time with the violin to the Chinese Communist Party who spelled out certain death to any instrument that may threaten the ideals of the collective. In our travels, we learn the dark and sordid side to each person, but we also learn that to create a shadow there must be light. That light, or hope, that the people shed is what gives the violin her vitality and will to survive.

A truly magnificent film, The Red Violin inspired me to recollect my own past I shared with my aged upright piano; the certain spiritual vibrations I felt while playing a ragtime melody. Suddenly, memories came rushing back to me tenfold. I recalled the times as a young girl I would listen as my father played his rendition of Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. Wiping a tear from my eye, I remembered how long ago that truly was; how my piano shaped and molded me, as I shaped and molded it. I am left wondering where my beloved piano is now. Who is influencing his instrumental life? In the end, what stories will he have to tell, and will they be of me

Take the journey of the Red Violin. Visit other lands and other times. Feel the strings of life against your fingers; the bow of spirit in your palm. Rest your chin against the weathered wood of wisdom. Listen closely and hear the music that is the gentle rhythm of time and change. See the film to learn about music; to learn about history; to learn the boundless raptures of the spirit. Perhaps, as I, you will learn just a little more about yourself.

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