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Basil (1997)




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Movie Info

Based on a Victorian novel by Wilkie Collins, Basil is a British-made costume drama that ended up on cable and home video. Jared Leto plays Basil, a well-to-do young aristocrat with an uptight Victorian father (Derek Jacobi). He befriends the mysterious gentleman John Mannion (Christian Slater) and falls in love with the lower-class girl Julia Sherwin (Claire Forlani). His father is upset about his questionable choices and threatens to disown him, thereby renouncing his birthright to inherit Windemere Manor.more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Radha Bharadwaj
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003


Christian Slater
as John Mannion
Derek Jacobi
as Father Frederick
Stephanie Bagshaw
as Emma Mannion
Carli Harris
as Clara Fairfax
Georgiana Johnson
as Young Clara
Jackson Leach
as Young Basil
Matthew Steer
as Young Ralph
Christopher Owen
as Mr. Mannion
Guy Witcher
as Young John
David Ross
as Mr. Sherwin
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Critic Reviews for Basil

All Critics (5)

Next time the actors might ask to see a script first

September 17, 2002

August 12, 2005

Full Review… | April 21, 2004

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Basil

One of my least favorite Jared Leto movies. He was ok in it though his British accent wasn't too believable. The best parts were Jared saying "Well what?" and Christian Slater seeing his "ugly" face and jumping off the nearest cliff. not the best...

k r

I have a Thing for Victorian Themed Movies, this one has a few Twists that makes it quite enjoyable.


I watched this because I've always admired Jared Leto, but wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be a really decent story worth watching, though a bit slow-moving and a little soap-operaish.

Jonathan H

Basil Quotes

Basil: He might well have stayed in his place and watched me drown in mine.
– Submitted by Michaela S (4 years ago)

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