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Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  28 February 1992 (USA)
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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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Lilia 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
Eileen Davies ...
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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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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Music by Vincenzo Bellini
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When in Rome, do as the English do.
20 May 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Such is the credo of a trio of Edwardian English gentry who travel to Italy to save a new born baby from the clutches of its Italian father upon the death of its English mother. "Where Angels Fear to Tread" is an excellent film in need of a story. A well crafted, well acted, well directed period piece (circa 1906), the film peers deeply into the marginally interesting group of characters, their relationships and idiosyncrasies, and their difficulty bridging the English/Italian culture gap. Unfortunately this tedious work only seems to get interesting about the time credits roll and one is left wondering what happened to the on screen "To Be Continued" declaration. An okay watch for those into the subtleties of European period films with little to offer all others.


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