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R| 2 hr. 11 min.

Plot Summary
The intricate history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker (Carlo Cecchi) paints it with his dead wife's blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montreal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Over the years between, the violin travels through four different countries, where it has a profound impact on all those who own it.

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson , Don McKellar , Carlo Cecchi , Irene Grazioli , Jean-Luc Bideau , Christoph Koncz , Jason Flemyng , Greta Scacchi

Director: François Girard

Genres: Drama

The Red Violin (1998)

Release Date: September 10th, 1998|2 hr. 11 min.

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  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Some will say this film is overly ambitious, but what the hell. The man put five years of his life into making this epic mystery. We can surely give it two hours of ours. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Almost by himself, Jackson transforms the film's final chapter into a serviceable view -- faint praise, perhaps, but a crumb to savor, given what has come before. [11 June 1999, Life, p. 6E] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There really is a little something here for everyone: music and culture, politics and passion, crime and intrigue, history and even the backstage intrigue of the auction business. show more

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