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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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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 picture's closing credits state: "With acknowledgment to Elizabeth D. Hart [Elizabeth Hart], author of the stage adaptation of the novel" [i.e. E.M. Forster's "Where Angels Fear to Tread" (1905)]. 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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Gino Carella: I'm your husband!
Lilia Herriton: And I have the money!
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Prissy Edwardians are overtaken by Italy's lush beauty and sensuality.
18 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where Angels Fear To Tread, a fine novel in its own right, is transferred to the big screen with wit and a painter's eye by the masterful Charles Sturridge. Against a backdrop rich in Edwardian England's own brand of stuffy propriety, we watch cultures and mores clash, with poignant, and occasionally hilarious results. Judy Davis delivers one of my top ten moments on film, a snit of epic self-righteousness, in a memorable scene at the opera. The beauty of the film lies in its fluid and compassionate depiction of the wrongheadedness and confusion which ensue when foreign travelers pack their own narrow values next to the toothpaste, granting themselves permission to brandish them in the face of every long-suffering local along the way. Luckily for us, the film is populated by a believable group of finely drawn characters, played by actors who simply could not be better cast.


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