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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)

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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 ... See full summary »
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Paolo di Lio
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Version of Navazhdeniye (1992) See more »

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Nanni (Na Gita a Li Castelli)
Written by Francesco Silvestri
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excellent character study
9 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is one of the best cinematic adaptations of a Tennessee Williams play that I can recall. As always in Williams' plays, people's desires aren't so pretty, but they ring true. This film does a great job of capturing the physical, spiritual and psychological realities of the immediate post-war period by documenting Mrs. Stone's "drift" into sexual awakening, social humiliation, and moral uncertainty. The movie poses difficult questions, but it asks them beautifully, and Helen Mirren gives an awesome performance.


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