The Corsican Brothers (1985 film)
|The Corsican Brothers|
|Based on||The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas|
|Written by||Robin Miller|
|Directed by||Ian Sharp|
|Music by||Allyn Ferguson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Norman Rosemont|
|Running time||100 mins|
|Production company(s)||Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions|
Norman Rosemont Productions
|Original release||February 5, 1985|
The da Franchi family is locked in a deadly vendetta with the de Guidici family in 19th century Corsica. Lucien and Louis da Franchi are twin brothers. Lucien wants to continue Corsican traditions, while Louis wants to end the vendetta and declare peace. Both brothers are in love with Annamaria de Guidici.
- Trevor Eve as Louis Da Franchi; Lucien Da Franchi
- Geraldine Chaplin as Madame Da Franchi
- Olivia Hussey as Annamaria De Guidice
- Nicholas Clay as Giordano Martelli
- Jean Marsh as Mazzere
- Benedict Taylor as Georges Du Caillaud
- Simon Ward as Duc Dechateau Renaud
- Donald Pleasence as Chancellor
- James Hazeldine as Vincente Da Franchi
- Patsy Kensit-Healy as Emilie Du Caillaud
- Margaret Tyzack as Madame Deguidice
- Mark Ryan as Bernardo De Guidice
The lead role was originally meant to be played by Pierce Brosnan, then best known for Remington Steele. However he read the script for the feature film Nomads and decided to make that instead. It turned out that Corsican producer Norman Rosemont was unable to accommodate Brosnan's limited schedule.
Star Trevor Eve said "Lucien was the hunter. I played him as a rough, tough kid. The kind who as a boy yelled a lot and developed a hoarseness in his voice. He dressed roughly and wore the same clothes every day. His hair was wild and was never washed. Louis was more cerebral and refined. He was better groomed. It was easier to play Lucien. You could flop out of bed in the morning and go to the set without brushing your hair."
The Chicago Tribune said the film "has an old-fashioned look and a few drawbacks. Its sword play rings of clashing steel, but its dialogue has the clunk of wood, despite the best efforts of a sterling cast."
- A DOUBLE EXPOSURE FOR 'THE CORSICAN BROTHERS' Richard, Julie. Los Angeles Times 2 Feb 1985: g1.
- PIERCE ('STEELE') BROSNAN UPGRADING HIS IMAGE: Incomplete Source Mann, Roderick. Los Angeles Times 4 Sep 1984: sd_d1.
- FROM CORSICA, THE GOOD AND THE BAD: [THIRD Edition] Buck, Jerry. Boston Globe 5 Feb 1985: 52.
- ROUGH EDGES DULL SHARPNESS OF 'CORSICAN BROTHERS': [FINAL, C Edition] Anderson, Jon. Chicago Tribune 5 Feb 1985: 8.
- 'Corsican Brothers,' Swashbuckling Drama By STEPHEN HOLDEN. New York Times 5 Feb 1985: C18.