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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.

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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

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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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Did You Know?

Quotes

Father Frederick: Make-believe is never harmless.
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I give "Basil" an A+++++++++++++
28 September 2006 | by cocokat_89See all my reviews

I give the movie "Basil" a very high 10+. I love time period films and think "Basil" is a wonderful movie. Jared Leto was fantastic in this movie. I love all of his work on the big screen, but I have to say that His portrayal as Basil in my opinion is one of his finest performances. This movie is not boring. It has a wonderful cast, wonderful story line, and the events that unfold, to a good watcher, will unfold from the very beginning. Jared Leto, Christian Slater, and Clair Forlani are just magnificent in this film. It's very tastefully done, and the scenery is beautiful. Proper in it's time, but still society itself was not at all proper. Aristicratic life was very demanding, and to this day, still is. In the end, we are all the same no matter what class we are brought up in. I congratulate the performances in this movie, and I would love to see more movies like "Basil" on the big screen. I highly recommend "Basil" to anyone who loves period films. Thank you.


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