- Actors: Brian Dennehy, Albert Finney, Colin Firth, Roberto Escobar, Ruth Gabriel
- Directors: Alastair Reid
- Writers: John Hale, Joseph Conrad
- Producers: Fernando Ghia, James Ordonez, Maurizio Mattei, Michael Wearing
- Format: Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
- Run Time: 321 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CTIP
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Nostromo [VHS] 
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This BBC adaptation of the Joseph Conrad story stars Colin Firth as an ambitious Englishman who returns to South America (where he was born) to take over his father's silver mine. He will stop at nothing to make the mine work, threatening to destroy the community around him to satisfy his greed. Conrad's story looks at themes of rampant colonialism (as he did in 'Heart of Darkness'), greed and honour.
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This epic production of Joseph Conrad's classic novel weaves a story of romance and intrigue to create a world in miniature in which the nature of honour, greed and colonialism are explored, especially in their effects on one individual, Nostromo, 'our man', Claudio Amendola.
Top customer reviews
Plus I must add what has to be the crowning recommendation for any tv adaptation of a classic: I watched this back when it was first on in 1997, then read Nostromo and lots more of Conrad's books.
Extremely difficult to dramatize, this has to go down as a very credit-worthy attempt. Beautifully shot, atmospheric music from Morricone, some class performances from Finney and Firth and others - with, however, a few notable drops - some of the other acting is variable, even wooden, the script is so-so (in an epic scope, director seems much more at home with his Victorian English than with his 18th century South Americans) and there are a few too many spelled-out unsubtle dialogues that are obviously there to make the plot easier for the audience to follow. But even with all that, it's both compelling drama and easy on the eye.
If you can look past the period-drama hood, the intended underlying themes of the novel are still there to be seen, along with the sweeping feel of a world in miniature.
A last footnote on politics - the story has been rendered much as-was in the novel - much of which is, typical-Conrad, notoriously equivocal. It's easy to nitpick the themes and point out incipient racism or Eurocentrism, but that's totally missing the point. It's part of Conrad's appeal that he could paint his characters and situations, explore 'ideal values' - but still not (rant-like) take sides.
I think the only negative on this movie was the size of the horses. They looked so small under most of the actors. But I guess that is the size of the horses in Columbia. Colin Firth seems to ride so well - I really enjoy watching him ride - but on these horses he looked too big for them.
I have this movie on DVD and watch it quite often - it is a really well done movie.