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Cosi (1996)

Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writers:

Louis Nowra (play), Louis Nowra (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Lewis
Barry Otto ... Roy
Toni Collette ... Julie
Rachel Griffiths ... Lucy
Aden Young ... Nick
Colin Friels ... Errol
Jacki Weaver ... Cherry
Pamela Rabe ... Ruth
Paul Chubb ... Henry
Colin Hay ... Zac
David Wenham ... Doug
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Kirner
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ... Sandra
Robin Ramsay Robin Ramsay ... Minister for Health
Henry Maas Henry Maas ... Bernard Goldman
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Storyline

Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney institution for mentally ill. His project is overrun by one of the patients Roy who wants to put on stage Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart). None of the patients in the cast is able to sing and none of them knows Italian which is the language of the libretto. Through a lot of difficulties Lewis and his cast develop a deep understanding. The play smartly adapted for the unusual cast is finally produced: lots of unforeseen situations solved 'a la crazy way'but indeed brilliantly. Great success and sad farewell of the director from his cast. Written by Lorenzo Matteoli <matteoli@iinet.net.au>

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Taglines:

When Chasing Your Dreams... It Helps To Be A Little Crazy! See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cast originally included actor Bruno Lawrence, but during shooting he was taken to the hospital suffering from chest pains and was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He died a few months later. See more »

Quotes

Cherry: This is just another battle of the sexes.
Roy: Oh, I suppose so... If you could describe the Crusades as a sightseeing lark on the way to Jerusalem!
Doug: Oh, please, someone give him some lithium!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits a cast member with an accordian shows up and performs Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" on it as an obvious slight to the Mozart he was told to play in the movie. A squealing piglet accompanies him. See more »

Connections

References South Pacific (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Dream It's Over
written by Neil Finn
performed by Toni Collette
courtesy of Mushroom Music / Roundhead Music / EMI Music
produced by Stephen Endelman & Philip Bodger
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An opera within an opera.
4 January 2001 | by ruhmin8See all my reviews

I agree with most of the reviews already posted, but would like to add that I found the characterizations to be what endeared me most to this production. I'm a recent explorer of opera and have seen movie versions of some of them. This can stand toe to toe with any movie version of an opera in terms of its ability to reach gut level. I cried when the house lights went down and the curtain up as the six on stage were transformed into something bigger than themselves and so participated in the healing mystery that mankind has been experiencing since the first dramatizations and plays were enacted.


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