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Up at the Villa (2000)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  5 May 2000 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 jojo.acapulco@gmail.com

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american | british | widow | theft | austrian | See more »

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Danger is the ultimate attraction.

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

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$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 »

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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 »

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Beautiful but.... empty
16 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beautiful photography and atmospherics capture Florence and environs. Technically very well-made and expensive-looking production.

Kristin Scott Thomas is perfect for the role and gives a terrific performance. The other cast members just seem to be giving their "standard" performance (Bancroft's standard mature woman routine that no one does better but she has done it since "The Hindenburg"). Ditto James Fox and the others.

The late William Holden could not have accomplished what Sean Penn did in "Mystic River", for which Penn gained a well deserved Oscar award. Conversely, Penn cannot play the Holden-type role in "Up at the Villa". Bad case of miscasting with flat results by Penn. No chemistry with Kristin Scott Thomas at all.

How can you make a dull, uninspiring film in an exotic setting with great actors in a highly charged brink-of-war scenario? SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE BUT THE FILMMAKER HERE HAS DONE IT!


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