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Casanova (1987)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 1 March 1987
A very long, beginning-to-end life story of an eighteenth century womanizer that is arrested, not so much for his crimes, but because he is viewed as an undesirable by the husbands and ... See full summary »

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Simon Langton
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Giacomo Casanova
Faye Dunaway ... Madame D'Urfe
Sylvia Kristel ... Maddalena
Ornella Muti ... Henriette
Hanna Schygulla ... Casanova's Mother
Sophie Ward ... Jacqueline
Frank Finlay ... Razetta
Roy Kinnear ... Balbi
Kenneth Colley ... Le Duc
Richard Griffiths ... Cardinal
Patrick Ryecart ... De Bernis
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Louis XV
Toby Rolt ... Young Giacomo Casanova
Bruce Purchase ... Major Grandi
Traci Lind ... Heidi (as Traci Lin)
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A very long, beginning-to-end life story of an eighteenth century womanizer that is arrested, not so much for his crimes, but because he is viewed as an undesirable by the husbands and families of the women he seduces. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK | Italy | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il veneziano, vita e amori di Giacomo Casanova See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Christopher Lee was cut from the final print. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial US television broadcast had the nude scenes edited out. The unedited version aired in Europe and is available in the US as an unrated video. See more »

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Version of Giacomo Casanova (2004) See more »

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A fine, quick ride through a very long memoir
7 October 1999 | by ericl-2See all my reviews

I caught this on TV one night by chance, and was cheerfully drawn in. Only later did I find out why it was so much fun.

George MacDonald Fraser, author of the "Flashman" novels, should have been signed up by Hollywood a long time ago and put to work reworking classics of the swashbuckling and devil-may-care varieties into entertaining and literate movies. As it is, he's only had a handful of chances to do so, principally "Octopussy,", Richard Lester's "Musketeers" movies and Lester's (regrettably lackluster) adaption of Fraser's own "Royal Flash."

So we're lucky to have this TV film, a quick and highly entertaining run through some of the highlights of the rascally Venetian's memoirs. Chamberlain is fine in the title role, Faye Dunaway is fine too as one of his lady friends, and everybody clearly has a great time. For a "prestige" TV production, the direction is surprisingly zippy, although it could have shown a bit more visual wit to match the writing -- but that's a minor problem. Enjoy the work of a great parodist. Now, if they'd just let Fraser adapt his wonderful satirical novel "The Pyrates" for the big screen (Oops! "Cutthroat Island" seems to have sunk any chance of that happening...)


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