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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 ... 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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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

Roy: Couldn't direct a nymphomaniac to a stag night.
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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 South Pacific (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosi Fan Tutte
composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
performed by Wiener Symphoniker
conducted by Rudolf Moralt
courtesy of Phillips through Polygram Pty Limited
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COSI (DIDIER BECU)
3 April 2004 | by Didier-BecuSee all my reviews

Mark Joffe is a not so known director but the kind of director who happens to make movies you can't help falling in love with. Forget all the sentimentality that is given by Oscarblockbusters or the usual crap with Hugh Grant as this is where the heart beats. It's a simple human story in where there is place for tears and laughter, it's about some psychiatric patients who have decided to make their own operaversion of Mozart's "Cosi". It are the little things in life that deserve attention and that's what Joffe is showing us, and the real star in "Cosi" is as said before Toni Collette, simply wonderful what the star of "Muriel's wedding" is doing here.


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