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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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Cast

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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
Sylvia Barter ...
Mrs. Theobald
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Ethel
Siria Betti ...
Hotel-Keeper
Giovanni Guidelli ...
Gino Carella
Anna Lelio ...
Luca Lazzareschi ...
Spiridione
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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Rated PG for sensuality, violence and theme | See all certifications »
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28 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ahol angyal se jár  »

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$1,403,033 (USA)
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The film's source 1905 novel "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster was originally going to be called "Monteriano". 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

Mrs. Herriton: [Speaking about Italy] It may be filled with churches and beautiful pictures, but you can only judge a country by its men.
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Vaga luna che inargenti
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Music by Vincenzo Bellini
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14 June 2002 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

The story is so tragic that this should be a hard-core drama, and parts of it are very poignant, but I also laughed hysterically. This is mainly due to Judy Davis' performance which is so priggish and delightful. Graves and Bonham-Carter played brother and sister in 'A Room With A View' and their chemistry carries over into this film quite well. The music is enchanting. All the way around, a great film.


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