The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  4 May 2003 (USA)
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A failing star is faced with a life-style 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Man
Tom Stone
Jane Bertish ...
Karen's Secretary
Tara Lynne O'Neill ...
Angel Hunter
Salvatore Lazzaro ...
Sara James ...
Riccardo Sardonè ...
Marco (as Riccardo Sadroné)
Dona Granata ...
Mama Pepisco
Aldo Signoretti ...
Papa Pepisco


A failing star is faced with a life-style 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 <>

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »






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Em Roma na Primavera  »

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Anne Bancroft's last live action film. See more »


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 »


Karen Stone: Beauty is a world of its own. It has a godly license. I know it only too well, I possessed it once. And then the license was revoked.
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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »


Sotto i Raggi della Luna
Written by Pete Surdeval
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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