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Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | August 1988 (USA)
1908: Basil Pascali (Sir Ben Kingsley), 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

James Dearden

Writers:

James Dearden (screenplay), Barry Unsworth (novel)
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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: Basil Pascali (Sir Ben Kingsley), 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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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The "Initial Film and Television" company that co-produced this movie was primarily a producer of music programming for television, and continued to be so for the following few decades. By 2019, Initial is now part of the Endemol Shine group, but it's unclear which company owns this movie, as it was a co-production with FilmFour International, the hybrid theatrical-television movie production division of the U.K.'s Channel Four, a.k.a. "Film on Four"/"FilmFour". See more »

Soundtracks

Canon
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Pachelbel
Arranged by Loek Dikker
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pascali's Island See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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