Filmed on location in Colombia, the four-part British miniseries Nostromo was based on the 1904 Joseph Conrad novel of the same name. Relocating to the fictional South American country of Costaguana, 19th century British aristocrat Charles Gould (Colin Firth) was determined to revive the old San Toma silver mine established by his father. As Gould was swept up by events beyond his control, the story began to focus upon the mine's head stevedore Nostromo (Claudio Amendola), a mysterious, mystical man much admired and respected by his fellow natives. When a revolution broke out, Nostromo was entrusted with a large amount of Gould's precious silver. Would this responsibility culminate in the corruption of Nostromo -- or would he be "saved" through the intervention of Gould's wife, Emelia (Serena Scott-Thomas). Albert Finney stole the show as the mercurial Dr. Monygharm. Originally telecast by BBC2 in 1996, Nostromo aired in America the following year.
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