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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

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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another good film that never found an audience
24 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The writer responsible for the schlock-shocker 'Fatal Attraction' takes an altogether different approach for his own turn as director, in an old-fashioned, anachronistic bit of foreign intrigue set on a small Aegean island during the last desperate days of the Ottoman Empire. Among the film's many virtues is one neglected in recent years: it actually tells a story, with a rich sense of time and place to help bring it vividly to life. Ben Kingsley is superb in the title role, playing a petty informer on an inconsequential outpost in the Sultan's crumbling empire, who becomes caught in the plots of various foreigners seeking adventure and opportunity during the heady, treacherous years just prior to World War One. The expatriates involved in his inevitable downfall (a metaphor, perhaps, for colonial politics at he time) include a beautiful Viennese aristocrat and a roving English archaeologist out to swindle the local Pasha. The story is simple, subdues and potent, with some unusually literate skullduggery making it a modest but memorable drama of trust and betrayal.


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