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Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

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Philip Herriton
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Caroline Abbott
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Thomas Wheatley ...
Mr. Kingcroft
Sophie Kullmann ...
Irma
Vass Anderson ...
Mr. Abbott
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Mrs. Theobald
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Ethel
Siria Betti ...
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Spiridione
Sergio Falasca ...
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Storyline

Around 1906, the widow Lilia Herriton meets a young man when she visits Italy and marries him. The man is only a dentist without a good name, and Lilia's relatives are clearly unhappy with her choice. Lilia dies while giving birth to a son, and two relatives travel to Italy to take care of of the baby, expecting no trouble from the father. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Rated PG for sensuality, violence and theme | See all certifications »
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28 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

E.M. Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread  »

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$1,403,033 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie and source novel's title is derived from stanza in the poem "An Essay on Criticism" (1709) by Alexander Pope. It reads: "Nay, fly to Altars; there they'll talk you dead; For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread". See more »

Goofs

In a scene outside on the veranda in Gino's house in Italy, Lilia (Helen Mirren) has her back to the view of the countryside. At one point, when the camera is on her, a white van can be seen driving along the road in the distance. It is clearly a 1990s-era vehicle, moving much faster than automobiles of the era could have. See more »

Quotes

Philip Herriton: [to Gino] I'm sure you're honorable, but are you wise?
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Lucia di Lammermoor
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Music by Gaetano Donizetti (as Donizetti)
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Like stepping back in time
8 February 2005 | by (Florence South Carolina) – See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie I kept saying to myself.. this movie seems so familiar.. Then I realized that I had read the book the summer before.. This is a great credit to the screenwriter and director as the story is followed precisely and each page is brought to life on the screen.. A must for Forester fans, Anglophiles or those who want to enjoy a true tale of human souls intertwined. The prejudices and self importance of the English upper class are superbly charactered by all.. You'll laugh , cry and wonder at their actions.. You will become part of them... This is definitely one that I will be adding to my "Sunday Night Movie and Tea" collection.


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