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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

Gross USA:

$1,451,857
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was largely shot on the Greek island of Symi and in Rhodes in the late summer of 1987. See more »

Soundtracks

Canon
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Pachelbel
Arranged by Loek Dikker
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Does your life have meaning?
10 October 2005 | by StripedLionSee all my reviews

Pascali's Island takes place in 1908 on a Greek Island still in the possession of the decaying Ottoman Empire. This movie gave a very strong sense of place and time. It concerns three principal characters; Basil Pascali(Kingsley)--a spy for the Sultan, an English adventurer/swindler(Dance), and an artistic free-spirit(Mirren). In the end it is the story of three middle-aged people who had led lives of disappointment thus far. In the film their lives become intertwined at a critical moment for all of them. Although the film is small in scope the historical period of impending change in which it takes place underscores the longing in each of the characters to find more purpose in their lives. The story is built around Pascali's dilemma: Does he remain faithful to the Sultan who has been the center of his life so far, but who has never even acknowledged him, or does he take a chance with two people who he has come to care for, but cannot trust? The subtle but rich way in which Ben Kingsley portrays Pascali in his dilemma is very moving. Lastly, the music and over all mood created for this multi-layered and thoughtful film are perfect.


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