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Writers (WGA):
W. Somerset Maugham (book)
Belinda Haas (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 May 2000 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Philip Haas 
Writing credits
W. Somerset Maugham (book)

Belinda Haas (screenplay)

Produced by
David Brown .... co-producer
Stanley F. Buchthal .... executive producer (as Stanley Buchthal)
Guido Cerasuolo .... associate producer
DTeflon .... assistant producer
Guy East .... co-executive producer
Davien Littlefield .... associate producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Nigel Sinclair .... co-executive producer
Geoff Stier .... producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Maurizio Calvesi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Belinda Haas 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Shaila Rubin 
Production Design by
Paul Brown 
Art Direction by
Livia Borgognoni 
Anna Deamer 
Set Decoration by
Franco Fumagalli  (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Costume Design by
Paul Brown 
Makeup Department
Micaela Alleyson .... makeup artist
Laura Borselli .... makeup artist
Rita Cecchini .... hair stylist
Nuala Conway .... makeup artist: Kristin Scott Thomas
Massimiliano Duranti .... assistant hair stylist
Joan Giacomin .... makeup artist: Sean Penn
Joan Giacomin .... special makeup effects: Sean Penn
Gianbattista Graziano .... makeup artist
Carla Indoni .... hair stylist
Federica Jacoponi .... makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair stylist
Leonarda Paglietta .... makeup artist
Rosario Prestopino .... makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti .... key hair stylist
Maurizio Silvi .... key makeup artist
Lisa Tomblin .... hairdresser: Miss Scott Thomas
Production Management
Guido Cerasuolo .... production supervisor
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Gianluca Leurini .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eileen Gorman .... assistant director
Luca Lachin .... assistant director
Marco Pettini .... assistant director
Yozo Tokuda .... assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Bacciu .... props: Italy
Werner Bacciu .... property master
Marco Cellesi .... stand-by carpenter
Sebastiano De Caro .... stand-by props
Antonella Di Marco .... assistant set decorator
Roberto Magagnini .... property master
Fabio Marconi .... stand-by props
Marco Marcucci .... assistant art director
Mauro Masotti .... props
Sebastiano Murer .... props
David Orlandelli .... storyboard artist
Franco Pizzonia .... construction manager
Tiziano Santi .... painter
Francesco Spina .... assistant property master
Franco Daniele Venturi .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Jens Christensen .... adr mixer
Damon Cohoon .... assistant sound editor
Adriano Di Lorenzo .... boom operator
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Kimberly Harris .... supervising adr editor
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer
Franco Norone .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Eric Potter .... sound effects recordist
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joe Sabella)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Szabolcs Stella .... boom operator
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Ken Weston .... production sound mixer
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Franco Galiano .... special effects coordinator
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects
Riccardo Ricci .... special effects
Roberto Ricci .... special effects
Silvano Scasseddu .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Eric Person .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Paolo Antonini .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Alzetta .... grip
Maurizio Benvenuto .... rigging grip
Amedeo Borelli .... grip
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Vittorio Contino .... generator operator
Luigi Conversi .... clapper loader
Roberto De Angelis .... Steadicam assistant
Alessandro de Pascalis .... Steadicam operator
Paolo Frasson .... grip
Massimo Galiano .... key grip
Alessandro Gentili .... focus puller
Cristiano Giavedoni .... electrician
Emanuele Leurini .... clapper loader
Emiliano Leurini .... assistant camera
Massimo Millozzi .... gaffer
Maurizio Montesi .... electrician
Elvis Pasqual .... electrician
Raffaele Pette .... gaffer
Marco Pieroni .... Steadicam operator
Marco Raimondi .... electrician
Luigi Rocchetti .... grip
Roberto Ruzzolini .... camera operator
Michele Turchetto .... grip
Mario Virdis .... electrician
Casting Department
Krassimir Ivanov .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Buyse Dian .... wardrobe supervisor
Jane Hamilton .... assistant costume designer
Marco Magno .... wardrobe assistant
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kent Blocher .... first assistant editor
Scott Brock .... first assistant editor
Anna del Dotto .... assistant editor
Ryan Fleck .... post-production assistant
Fred Heid .... color timer
Drucilla Lawrence .... post-production assistant
Christopher Marcoux .... second assistant editor
Emma Wilcockson .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Karen Kloack .... music coordinator
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Gianfranco Plenizio .... conductor
Timothy R. Sexton .... music supervisor (as Tim Sexton)
Dave Tinsley .... music editor
Other crew
Enrico Ballarin .... location manager
Simona Batistelli .... assistant coordinator
Ben Blanco .... assistant to producer
Guido Cacialli .... assistant production coordinator
Laura Cappato .... production coordinator
Bernardo Galli .... accounts runner: Italy
David Giorgio .... production assistant
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor
Janet Jeffries .... assistant: Geoff Stier
Bobbie Johnson .... financial controller
Sylvia Mackintosh .... assistant accountant
Andy Mayson .... executive: Intermedia Films
Rob McEntegart .... senior vice president, business affairs: Intermedia Films
Paolo Merosi .... set production assistant
Barbara R. Miller .... post-production accountant
Linda H. Miller .... post-production accountant
Donna Ostroff .... assistant: Mr. Pollack
Julia Overton .... production coordinator: UK
Stefano Pratesi .... production assistant
Nicola Rosada .... production assistant
Simona Serafini .... location assistant
Isobel Thomas .... assistant to producer
Mark Thompson-Ashworth .... dialogue coach: Massimo Ghini (uncredited)
John Ptak .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements
115 min
Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Possible Loves (2001)See more »
Schatz-WalzerSee more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Dull, but Penn was not bad, 19 June 2004
Author: sarastro7

I was stunned by Kristin Scott Thomas when I first saw her in The Tenth Man (co-starring with Derek Jacobi in that movie too) many years ago. I've tried to catch as many movies with her as possible since then, but she's just never been as good, not even in The English Patient. Much of her material has been extremely dull, incl. Random Hearts and yes, this one, Up At the Villa. The premise of this movie isn't bad, but for some reason it fails to create that engrossing magic that makes all the difference. Kristin's character is too timid and irrational (except for in the end). Jeremy Davies as the poor refugee is not exactly bad, but there's still something totally wrong with his role.

Bancroft is flawless, but can't save the movie. Sean Penn is actually good. I don't like most of his roles in other movies - never have -, but he played a different, more complex and realistic yet rogue-ish character here than the hysterical ones he usually embraces (for God knows what reason), and I thought this actually worked. Still, his and Kristin's characters were just too different to make their romantic tension really believable.

I will give the movie credit for its entire political dimension, though, which wasn't in the original book that this movie is based on. It's rare to see this; in most cases it's the film that leaves out the book's political content.

I rate this movie a 5 out of 10.

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