Pascali's Island (1988)

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The year is 1908; after centuries of unchecked power, the Ottoman empire is rapidly crumbling. As a result, Turkey's secret agents--those that haven't already been eliminated by downsizing or death--operate in a vacuum, their superiors knowing little and caring less about their activities. One such spy is Ben Kingsley, a minor bureaucrat of no ambition. When ordered to help disreputable English citizens Charles Dance and Helen Mirren in the theft of a precious Greek artifact, Kingsley goes along … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Dearden
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Runtime:
Live Home Video

Cast


as Basil Pascali

as Anthony Bowles

as Lydia Neuman

as Herr Gesing

as Mrs. Marchant

as Izzet Effendi

as Dr. Hogan

as Mrs. Hogan

as Chaudan

as Turkish Soldier

as Mardosian

as Greek Rebel

as Turkish Officer

as Boy in Bath
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Despite an eye-catching but mannered central performance from Ben Kingsley, looms as too languid and remote to make much impact.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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The milieu may seem remote but the performances illuminate, and the story has an originality that compensates for the modest budget.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Slow and stately, Pascali's Island never gets beneath its own superficial gentility.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Helen Mirren has always been good at playing sexy eccentrics. But it is Kingsley's performance, as the despairing victim of his own actions, that makes this island worth a visit.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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A literary adaptation that takes itself so seriously one longs for Gilligan and the Skipper.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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It is a mood piece, meditative, in which even the melodrama of the plot grows out of the flawed souls of the characters. Everything in a film like this depends on performance, and it is hard to imagine how it could have been better cast.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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