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Enchanted April -- Lottie Wilkins and Rose Arbuthnot, two married women living in 1920's London share the misery of empty relationships with their spouses and decide to rent an Italian castle for the spring to get away...
Enchanted April -- This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and female and has it's own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a little mini-trip to Italy, a gorgeously filmed enchantment.


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5 April 1992 (UK) See more »
It's April in Italy, and anything can happen...even love.
This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Delicious Italian April breeze and trees See more (63 total) »


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Directed by
Mike Newell 
Writing credits
Elizabeth von Arnim (novel)

Peter Barnes 

Produced by
Matthew Hamilton .... associate producer
Simon Relph .... executive producer
Ann Scott .... producer
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
Rex Maidment 
Film Editing by
Dick Allen 
Production Design by
Malcolm Thornton 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup designer
Production Management
Adam Park .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mervyn Gill-Dougherty .... first assistant director
Jessica Nettleton .... second assistant director
Melanie Panario .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rosalind Dallas .... graphic designer
Anna Dargavel .... design assistant
David Morris .... property buyer
Sound Department
John Crossland .... sound assistant
Lee de Lang .... post-production sound
Peter Maxwell .... dubbing mixer
John Pritchard .... sound recordist
Robyn Rogers .... dubbing editor
David Sleight .... dubbing editor
Special Effects by
Chris Reynolds .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Colin Mapson .... visual effects designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Broome .... assistant camera
Pat Deveney .... gaffer
Dave Scott .... grip
Casting Department
Susie Figgis .... casting advisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janine Marr .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Terry Wright .... location manager: UK
Music Department
Neil Richardson .... conductor
Other crew
Pauline Bullock-Webster .... production assistant
Martin Carley .... production operative supervisor
Silvano Cifollina .... garden consultant
Jackie Wright .... finance assistant
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Rated PG for some mild language
95 min
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After filming wrapped, the cast and crew later remarked upon a number of supernatural experiences while filming on location in Italy. Alfred Molina reportedly felt an ice-cold hand grasp the back of his neck on a night-shoot, while Miranda Richardson felt her knee-high dress being aggressively yanked to the floor while waiting to film in an old castle. There were also several instances of crew-members having to leave the set after suddenly feeling unwell.See more »
Continuity: Near the beginning of the film, the vase of flowers at the dining table repeatedly changes between shots.See more »
Mrs. Fisher:[to Lottie] I hope you're not in the habit of seeing dead people, however distinguished - it's not in the best of taste! I'm sure the last thing I would want to see is my late husband Mr. Fisher crossing the road in front of my house.See more »
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Delicious Italian April breeze and trees, 10 April 2004
Author: shu-fen from Hong Kong, China

When life is not leading towards anywhere promising, stop, go somewhere else, relax, restore and restart.

The movie has been on air in town for a brief period, about ten days in a very small cinema at sleazy area. Though I missed the show, some ten years later I borrowed it from British Council again, now the library of BC has been closed down.

Magic Italy, who can resist its charm? Rational and cool-headed English people always find the southern Mediterranean countries a place to channel their suppressed feeling and emotion, and Italy of course is one of the choices.

At that conservative time, married housewives usually travelled overseas with their husbands. These four women who were suffering from various kinds of unhappiness find refuge to lick their crooked feathers at an Italian island. After reflecting on their lives, they are much refreshed. And further afield in London, during the absence of their wives, the husbands also have revelation about their life goals and go to the island to join their life partners. And happily, the cynical Caroline Dester found her love too.

The cinematography was lyrical and comforting, a landmark of many European movies. Solely by watching without thinking careful about the people or other things, the movie soothes one's weary soul and heart.

I tried to dig up Elizabeth von Arnim's other novels but they were not available easily now. Thank you Mike Newell, otherwise we'll never know her and her enchanting works.

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