Basil (1997)



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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Radha Bharadwaj
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003


as John Mannion

as Father Frederick

as Emma Mannion

as Clara Fairfax

as Young Clara

as Young Basil

as Young Ralph

as Mr. Mannion

as Young John

as Mr. Sherwin
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Critic Reviews for Basil

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Next time the actors might ask to see a script first

September 17, 2002

August 12, 2005

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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

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