Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives (1998)
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as Captain Jacques St. Ives
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as Major Chevening
as Le Bon
as Dueling Officer
as British Soldier
as Bat man
as Young Alain
as Young St. Ives
Critic Reviews for Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives
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Audience Reviews for Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives
Deeelightful! Entertaining. Really well done. Humorous. Witty, and romantic. I enjoyed this very much...
Long, drawn out, and fairly boring. Don't bother watching unless you're willing to sit through several hours of drivel to get to a few scenes that might be worth your time.
[font=Garamond][size=3]It has been a long time since I have seen a good film of this particular genre. What a relief! If I didn't have piles of homework, too many chores, and 300 other films demanding to be watched, I'd watch "St. Ives" again right now.[/size][/font] [font=Garamond][size=3]Captain Jacques de St. Ives (Jean-Marc Barr) is everything that a handsome French soldier in Napoleon's army should be. He splits his time between fighting wars, fighting duels, dining, and enjoying women. Yet somehow, we know there is something more to this man, who uses his title of nobility (Vicomte) with an air of sad remembrance and resignation. When St. Ives is captured by the British, his past meets up with him in the form of his grandfather and brother, believed to be dead, but actually living safely in Scotland, only a few miles from the prison where St. Ives is held. He escapes, aided by the beautiful young Miss Gilchrist (Anna Friel), and seeks out his family, only to be nearly killed by his brother Alain, a cruel and amoral disgrace to the family name who insists that Jacques is an imposter, though Alain clearly knows that is not the truth. The rest of the film unfolds perfectly, with Jacques' future seeming impossibly hopeless and then with all the pieces coming together in the simplest and best possible way at the end. It's unbelievable, yes, but so wonderfully romantic.[/size][/font] [font=Garamond][size=3]It is clearly the actors that carry this film. Jean-Marc Barr, with whom I am unfamiliar, is excellent in the role of the French gentleman, both lover and soldier, but always the epitome of heroic, romantic gallantry. I have always found Anna Friel to be exceptional, whether the film was good ("Me Without You") or not so good ("Timeline"). Richard E. Grant's portrayal of the stodgy, repressed British soldier is spot-on, as is Miranda Richardson's role as the worldly woman who knows how to get what she wants. With a cast like this, who needs any other incentive to go see this film ASAP?[/size][/font] [font=Garamond][size=3]The drawbacks of this film are a case of simple economics: filmmakers get what they pay for. The production values are not high. The direction and editing are mediocre at best, with some scenes (especially flashbacks) that drag and are badly filmed. [/size][/font] [font=Garamond][size=3]"St. Ives" is doomed to an R-rating here in America (we must still be led by the Puritans!) for one scene of breasts and one (completely non-sexual) scene of male frontal nudity. The rest of the film, though much is wonderfully implied, has nothing beyond tame kisses.[/size][/font] [font=Garamond][size=3]Overall, an enjoyable, entertaining, humorous, well-acted romance that could have been better if they'd given it a bigger budget. [img]http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss112/medicatherine/st_ives.jpg[/img] [/size][/font] [img]http://www.geocities.com/walkingbuffalowing/St_Ives.jpg[/img]
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