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Up at the Villa (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 May 2000 (USA)
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Ben Aris ...
Anne Ridler ...
Ann Bell ...
Beryl Bryson (as Anne Bell)


Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the turbulent days just before World War II. Written by

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Danger is the ultimate attraction.


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il suffit d'une nuit  »

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Opening Weekend:

$339,819 (USA) (5 May 2000)


$2,927,319 (USA) (1 September 2000)

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Cameo: Mel Brooks in train station scene at end of film; holding hands of 2 little girls and running. See more »


When Anne Bancroft's character is reclining in the chaise lounge, the level of her drink goes from nearly full to nearly empty and back to nearly full in different shots while she is drinking it. See more »


Referenced in Possible Loves (2001) See more »


Composzed by Johann Strauß
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pretentious, but classy..... Penn very miscast
29 July 2003 | by (new york, ny) – See all my reviews

This was a little surprise recent movie for me..... Considering, I've been watching so many newly released junk, cranking from Hollywood these days....... I mean, to the point, where I was just simply hopeless, wondering, if Hollywood was ever gonna make anymore decent, quality films, ''which made sense''...... I found ''Up At The Villa'' a consistent film, which held on to my attention..... Kristin Scott Thomas plays her role very well.... Her character was believable thru out, and her acting, natural...... Although, I kinda found this film, pretentious at times, involving upper class europeans etc...... Very typical, or maybe just the way, the movie is presented..... Sometimes, the film is too talky, especially, w/ scenes between Kristin & Sean Penn...... Sean Penn, is probably the entire film's, most miscast actor...... He seems so detached from the movie, like he dropped in from somewhere else...... He doesn't have much chemistry w/ Kristin, and their relationship, isn't believable..... It's not even about Sean's physical appearance, but the way her carries himself, and his gestures, when he talks, sounding like he's some rebellious hitman, or druglord, or ganster...... whatever..... As much as he tried to belong, I think, this is not the type of film suitable for him..... I don't even know, why he accepted it, to begin w/....... As such a reputable decent actor, playing an unconvincing role like this, just downgrade's his status......

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