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Release Date: June 18th, 1999

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 1999

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

Production Co: Mikado Films

Keywords: Passionate, Investigation, Sacrifice, Love, England, Death, Husband

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • Although not all of the movements are fleshed out to their full potential, The Red Violin still attains a certain symphonic grandeur that -- at a time when so many filmmakers are churning out cinematic ditties -- deserves to be applauded. [18 June 1999, Friday, p.A]

  • Girard invests each episode of this production with dramatic credibility and emotional strength. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Winner Music (Original Score)