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Basil (1998)

A lonely young aristocrat in turn-of the century England stuggles to meet the approval of his over-bearing, class-conscious father while trying to please the selfish woman he loves.

Director:

Radha Bharadwaj

Writers:

Radha Bharadwaj, Wilkie Collins (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christian Slater ... John Mannion
Jared Leto ... Basil
Claire Forlani ... Julia Sherwin
Derek Jacobi ... Father Frederick
David Ross David Ross ... Mr. Sherwin
Crispin Bonham-Carter ... Ralph
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Bagshaw Stephanie Bagshaw ... Emma Mannion
Maisie Bryceland Maisie Bryceland ... Sherwin Maid (as Maisie Tomlinson)
Jenny Downham Jenny Downham ... Anna, Ralph's Wife
Ann-Louise Grimshaw Ann-Louise Grimshaw ... Knitting Nurse (as Ann Louise Grimshaw)
Sarah Hadland ... Windmere House Chambermaid
Carli Harris Carli Harris ... Young Clara Fairfax
Joanna John Joanna John ... Mother Agnes
Georgiana Johnson Georgiana Johnson ... Young Clara
Jackson Leach Jackson Leach ... Young Basil
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Storyline

Basil is the story of a sheltered, naive young aristocrat who finds a friend, John Mannion and through him meets Julia Sherwin. Basil falls in love with Julia, but she is below his class, and if his father finds out, he will be disinherited and sent away, as his older brother, Ralph was, when he unwisely did the same. How can Basil keep his love and his father's respect? Written by A Thomas

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Taglines:

Someone With Everything.....Has Everything To Lose

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene involving abortion | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Quotes

Father Frederick: Make-believe is never harmless.
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Yummy cast, boring plot.
18 May 2000 | by MysieSee all my reviews

Basil hooks up with the grungy Christian Slater, who helps hook him up with the object of his lust, played by Claire Forlani.

And it all goes downhill from there. Seems like it might've been an ok Victoria melodrama to read, but on film, it's just boring.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1998 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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