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Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | August 1988 (USA)
1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.

Director:

James Dearden

Writers:

James Dearden (screenplay), Barry Unsworth (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Basil Pascali
Charles Dance ... Anthony Bowles
Kevork Malikyan ... Mardosian
George Murcell ... Herr Gesing
Helen Mirren ... Lydia Neuman
Nadim Sawalha ... Pasha
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Izzet Effendi
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Pariente
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Mrs. Marchant
T.P. McKenna ... Dr. Hogan
Danielle Allen Danielle Allen ... Mrs. Hogan
Nick Burnell Nick Burnell ... Chaudan
Giorgos Oikonomou ... Greek Rebel
Alistair Campbell Alistair Campbell ... Captain
Ali Abatsis Ali Abatsis ... Boy in Bath
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Storyline

1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die vergessene Insel See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhodes, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,979, 24 July 1988

Gross USA:

$1,451,857

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,451,857
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

When Ireland's RTE One showed this film in 2019, in HD Widescreen, the master tape that they used appeared to be an low grade NTSC copy of a poorly telecined "dirty" print, cropped to the then (late 1980s) standard tv 3x4 "Academy" ratio. This results in some of the original aspect ratio framing being cropped so that many of the group conversation shots show only half of the actors faces. Its unknown if this is the only surviving version still available in 2019, as the original elements are yet to be restored, or if this was a legacy copy RTE had found in their archive. See more »

Soundtracks

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by Guy Printemps/Anne Forez
Courtesy of Telora
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A great movie having deep historical and psychological references...
20 January 2003 | by ertanasanSee all my reviews

I watched this movie with a great pleasure. In fact, as a Turk, I didn't feel degraded or insulted even though the Turkish pasha and other Turkish characters are presented as a narrow-minded members of a decayed political system. Because, it was not totally wrong.

Ottoman Empire, named as sick-man by European politicians, was just a few step away from death. During that time, it was fighting in several fronts, trying to deal with threats against him, but no luck, death was inevitable. Pascali's loyalty worth appreciation, but as the movie showed us, there was no such an authority to honor him.

This is a great historical movie having perfect psychological and historical references, and every single person who enrolled must be appreciated...


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