The Legend of 1900 Poster

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2002

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
On New Year's Day 1900, Danny (Bill Nunn), a crew member on an ocean liner, finds a deserted infant and decides to adopt him, nicknaming him "1900." As an adult, the eccentric 1900 (Tim Roth) grows into a remarkable musician aboard the boat. Rumors of his brilliant piano playing eventually reach the shore, and his pal Max (Pruitt Taylor Vince) believes that success surely awaits 1900 on land. The only problem, however, is that the enigmatic pianist is loath to embrace life away from the ship.

Cast: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn, Peter Vaughan, Niall O'Brien, Alberto Vázquez, Clarence Williams III

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Medusa Film

Keywords: Emotional, Growing up, Friendship, 1940s, Fascinating, 1930s, Underdog

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  • There is one scene in The Legend of 1900 that is easily worth the price of admission. It finds the ship heeling in an Atlantic storm. In the ballroom Roth plays the piano as it moves and slides in an eerie waltz around the floor.

  • It's a wonderful reminder of the importance of music in the movies.

  • The sort of movie that both rewards and tries your patience.

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Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture