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

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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 film is adapted from the play "Cosi" by Louis Nowra, which had its first production in 1992 at Sydney's Belvoir St Theatre. Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto and David Wenham were cast members of the original production, playing the same roles that they do in the film. See more »

Quotes

Cherry: Will outsiders see the show?
Lewis: Don't know.
Cherry: If it's a real large role, I'll invite my dad. He'll be surprised to see me out of water.
[Lewis just looks at her]
Cherry: My dad was a great duck hunter. But we were very poor and couldn't afford a dog, so... He used to get me to point and fetch the ducks.
[pause]
Cherry: Those lakes can get pretty cold when you're swimmin' in 'em with a dead duck in your mouth.
[Lewis gapes]
Cherry: Haa! Just pullin' your leg!
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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 Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand By Me
written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
courtesy of Jerry Leiber Music / Mike Stoller Music
courtesy of Warner Chappell Music
performed by Toni Collette
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Funny and touching Austrailian anti-establishment comedy
4 March 1999 | by BuddybabaSee all my reviews

Funny and touching. An unusal blend of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti and the life of an unemployed stage director who takes a job out of desparation with a mental institution as rec director. Must see scene occurs at the end of the final credits.


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