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4.0 out of 5 stars
Epic story comes to video, 17 Aug. 2001
Joseph Conrad's epic tale of greed, politics and war comes alive in this BBC adaptation of Charles Gould's struggle to revive his father's silvermine. This is a very long and difficult book to adapt for video, and in places this shows, but praise must go to the director Alastair Reid who manages to keep our attention throughout the convoluted plot until the final satisfactory conclusion to the story. The large cast of characters, led by Colin Firth, ideally cast as the indefatigable English owner of the mine, and Claudio Amendola, as the fallen hero "Nostromo", produce great performances, bringing the South American politics of business, corruption and conspiracy to life. Filmed entirely on location in Columbia, the dramatic scenery provides a stunning backdrop to this impressive and at times violent tale. This film includes fine performances from Serena Scott-Thomas as Mrs Emilia Gould, and Albert Finney as the drunken but honorable doctor who twice survives a firing squad in order to save the mine and its silver. I recommend this film to anyone interested in the effects of honour, greed and colonialism on the individual striving to be "Nostromo" - "Our Man".