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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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1998 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Basil - Amor e Ódio See more »

Filming Locations:

Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Father Frederick: Make-believe is never harmless.
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Second son survives in Victorian saga, but why?
16 June 2000 | by VedekSee all my reviews

"Basil" is a curiously compelling film. I rented it purely because it "looked Victorian" and I was in the mood for something different. It turned out to be very Victorian, a family saga set somewhere in the 19th Century. Wealthy, but not titled, father has two sons. His pompous and hypocritical Victorian "family values" provide the dramatic force for the story -- otherwise, it's just a bland Harlequin-type romance. The father's confrontations with sons over women end each time with decisions totally alien to our modern sensibilities. Very jarring. Jared Leto as Basil is a little strained in his acting, but always nice to look at. C. Slater is surprisingly (and obviously) good in this "historical" role, and he has a secret which provides a twist near the end. The end itself provides a strange turn that may make you wonder if Basil wouldn't have been happier in a new-age commune in modern New Mexico. Of course, it is basically a chick-flick....


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