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8 May 1998 (UK) See more »
An American woman given only weeks to live travels to Italy to find a statue reputed to have recuperative powers and there meets a struggling American concert pianist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William McNamara ... Mike

Maria Pitillo ... Maggie

Tom Conti ... Monsignor Calogero

Maria Schneider ... Maria Faccino

Ian Bannen ... Don Pozzi

Robert Wagner ... Brad

Roddy McDowall ... Gambler

William Hootkins ... Car Dealer

Jill St. John ... Dr. Joanne Anderson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Osvaldo Alzari ... Photographer
Bruno Armando ... Stage Manager
Lisa Bales ... Nurse
Raffaello Benedetti ... Chef
Sheri Brummond ... Assistant
Patrizio Cigliano ... Romeo
Davide Cincis ... Church guardian
Alessio Di Clemente ... Latin Lover

Neil Dickson ... John (as Neil Dixon)
Memo Dini ... Master of Ceremonies
Franco Fantasia ... Professor Dervol
Paolo Gasparini ... Don Cordone
Fiona Hutchison ... Elaine
Dale Kasman ... Travel Agent
Shawn Klugman ... Motorist

Emidio La Vella ... Fat Italian
Scott Lavin ... Jack

Gwenda Perez ... Pit Boss
Guido Roncalli

George Russo ... Croupier
Massimo Sarchielli ... Luigi
Donna Schifrin ... Monique
Sabina Vannucchi ... Dr. Ricordi

Craig Vincent ... Big Guy

Giselda Volodi ... Mona Lisa
Kari Whitman ... Justine
Charles La Russa ... Extra (uncredited)
Francesco Rossini ... Audience guy in the theater (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hough 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Goldsmith  writer
John Hough  writer

Produced by
Howard P. Alston .... associate producer
Kathleen Conway .... executive producer
Mario Cotone .... executive producer
Lew Grade .... producer
John Hough .... producer
Stuart Lyons .... line producer
Claude Nedjar .... associate producer
Marcia Stanton .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
Production Design by
Nello Giorgetti 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams 
Costume Design by
Evelyn Thompson 
Makeup Department
Marianne Collette .... makeup artist
Jacky Reynal .... head makeup artist (as Jackie Reynal)
Diana Thomas-Madison .... key makeup artist
Melissa Thrift .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Christian Fuin .... production manager
Attilio Viti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Dreher .... assistant director
Simone Frattari .... assistant director
David Larson .... assistant director
Stephen Lofaro .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tommy Estridge .... property master
Sound Department
Don Banks .... boom operator
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Greg Conway .... sound editor
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor
David Marcus .... assistant sound editor
Brady Schwartz .... foley editor
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
Otto Snel .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Craig Chandler .... digital compositor
Mauro Balmas .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Bianchi .... electrician
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Michael Listorti .... a dolly grip
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Francisco Pintore .... second assistant "a" camera
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Marco Santarelli .... best boy
Riccardo Umetelli .... focus puller: "a" camera
Carl A. Vidnic .... lighting technician
Carlo Vinciguerra .... gaffer
Francesco Zaccaria .... best boy electric
Editorial Department
Jennifer Govey .... second assistant editor
Bob Mullen .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor
Transportation Department
Roger Wooge .... transportation
Other crew
Jan Clark .... production accountant: USA
Janice Clark .... production accountant
David Eck .... assistant production coordinator: USA
Rodolphe Lanaro .... production assistant
Nicki McCain .... first assistant accountant: USA
Kenneth W. Parker .... production assistant
Stefano Priori .... financial controller
Olivia Sleiter .... production coordinator
K.D. Smith .... production coordinator: USA
Brian Steik .... production assistant
Dylan Shields .... production assistant: USA (uncredited)

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
As stinky as one of Lord Grade's legendary cigars., 5 June 2002
Author: Victor Field from London, England

The late Lord Lew Grade never quite succeeded in establishing himself on the big screen, and "Something to Believe In" - the last movie he produced before his death - continues the tradition. Plus, it reminds you that "they don't make them like that anymore" for a reason.

I have nothing against sugary sentimentality (in fact, I like a good "aaahhh" as much as the next person); it's badly-done sugary sentimentality I object to, and John Hough's movie is filled with the stuff. A Las Vegas waitress/aspiring actress (Maria Pitillo) discovers she's dying and puts her faith in a statue of the Madonna that has been found weeping in Italy; en route she meets a talented pianist (William McNamara) on the way to a big competition. Cue what should and could have been an affecting drama, but what in practice comes within throwing distance of camp; jaw-droppingly bad dialogue (our heroine's boss [Robert Wagner]: "You can die on your own time"), amazingly contrived plot turns, unbelievable ending... you can feel the brain cells inside your skull dying as the film unspools.

The movie also sports some very bad editing and performances that don't move much beyond the level of making lines heard and not bumping into the furniture (pity Tom Conti and the late Ian Bannen). Also, the guest appearances in the opening credits are over and done with by the first fifteen minutes, for which Wagner, Jill St. John and the late Roddy McDowall were no doubt grateful... but no film is totally without redeeming features, and the Italian scenery and the musical moments (including Placido Domingo warbling Tim Rice lyrics over the credits) are the only times the movie really works, making Lalo Schifrin - who also appears onscreen conducting the orchestra in the contest climax - the real star of the film. But you can buy the soundtrack album instead.

Lew Grade's real successes were always in TV - stick with them.

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