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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)

A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Young Man
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Tom Stone
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Christopher
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Lorenzo
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Julia
Jane Bertish ...
Karen's Secretary
Tara Lynne O'Neill ...
Angel Hunter
Salvatore Lazzaro ...
Barber
Sara James ...
Hairdresser
Riccardo Sardonè ...
Marco (as Riccardo Sadroné)
Dona Granata ...
Mama Pepisco
Aldo Signoretti ...
Papa Pepisco
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A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by an aging contessa. Each contact spirals further out of control until she becomes obsessed with one young man, who initially treats her well, but then with disdain. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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4 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Em Roma na Primavera  »

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Trivia

In one scene, Mrs Stone pretends to an American tourist that she is dying of uterine cancer. Ironically, this is precisely the disease that killed co-star Anne Bancroft two years later. See more »

Goofs

When Paolo takes off his shirt in the car, the blue tattoo on his chest shows through the makeup intended to conceal it. See more »

Quotes

Karen Stone: You know, Americans aren't as romantic as their motion pictures.
Contessa: [after Mrs. Stone has walked on, not able to hear Contessa's reply] What a pity they aren't.
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Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Che Mi Fa La Luna
Written by Steve Lang, Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
Performed by Isela Sotelo
Arranged by Renato Confalonieri
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
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Prefer the 1961 version
10 September 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Since the other users have provided details, ad nauseam, I will only say that Mirren seems to be channeling Vivien Leigh at times, especially in the last half. Many mannerisms are nearly identical to Leigh's actions in the 1961 studio version.

Also, strangely enough, I prefer the sound stage artifice of the 1960s. This cable movie was actually filmed on location, but in muted, boring colors. The 1961 feature has the wonderful Technicolor hues.

I found the actor portraying The Young Man/stalker to be far more sexy than Martinez's Paolo, even though he eats food off the ground, urinates in public, hacks up phlegm and never speaks.

Bancroft is fine, although I would have loved to have seen Sophia Loren take a stab at it.

And will you cable movie directors STOP overusing the "atmospheric" smoke machines?!! It looks like your entire film crew was smoking cigarettes during the interior scenes.


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