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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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Mr. Kingcroft
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Irma
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Mr. Abbott
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Ethel
Siria Betti ...
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Sergio Falasca ...
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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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28 February 1992 (USA)  »

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

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$1,403,033 (USA)
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This E.M. Forster film adaption had Italian settings in Italy like the earlier E.M. Forster film adaptation A Room with a View (1985) which had also starred actress Helena Bonham Carter. 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 »

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Philip Herriton: Some people are born not to do things, and I'm one of them.
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Lucia di Lammermoor
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Not the best Forster, but...
3 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where Angels Fear to Tread is not the best E. M. Forster novel to be written, and it is certainly not the best to be made into a movie, but it is well worth watching for another superb performance by Helena Bonham Cater and her supporting cast.

Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta) is excellent as an Edwardian aristocrat who becomes enchanted with the Italian way of living. Helen Mirrewn (The Queen) is equally good in her small role as the flighty Lilia. Judy Davis (Marie Antoinette , The Beak-up) provides the comic relief as a proper lady who cannot abide a half-English child being brought up by Italians.

It all makes for a good movie with fine performances.


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