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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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Harriet Herriton
Thomas Wheatley ...
Mr. Kingcroft
Sophie Kullmann ...
Irma
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Mr. Abbott
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Mrs. Theobald
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Siria Betti ...
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Perfetta
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Sergio Falasca ...
Carriage Driver
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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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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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The film's closing credits declare that this picture was: "Filmed entirely on location in Rome, and in the towns of San Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano, and Cuna in Tuscany, and in Sussex and London, England". See more »

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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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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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