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4 May 2003 (USA) See more »
A failing star is faced with a life-style change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 nominations See more »
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Helen Mirren ... Karen Stone

Olivier Martinez ... Paolo di Lio

Anne Bancroft ... Contessa

Rodrigo Santoro ... Young Man

Brian Dennehy ... Tom Stone

Roger Allam ... Christopher

Victor Alfieri ... Lorenzo

Suzanne Bertish ... 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
Ángel Alonso ... Guido (as Angel Alonso)
Frank Crudele ... Peppo
Genevieve Mackenzie ... Maid
Jack Lynch ... Reporter
Morgan O'Sullivan ... Reporter
Rebecca Smith ... Stewardess

Directed by
Robert Allan Ackerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Martin Sherman 
Tennessee Williams  novella

Produced by
James Flynn .... producer
Howard Gibbins .... line producer
Hilary Heath .... executive producer
Morgan O'Sullivan .... producer
Original Music by
John Altman 
Cinematography by
Ashley Rowe 
Film Editing by
Melissa Kent 
Casting by
Maureen Hughes 
Amy Rowan 
Production Design by
Tom Conroy 
Art Direction by
Susanna Codognato 
Padraig O'Neill 
Set Decoration by
Laura Bowe 
Costume Design by
Dona Granata 
Makeup Department
Orla Carrol .... key hair stylist: Dublin (as Orla Carroll)
Giuseppe Desiato .... makeup artist: Italy
Massimiliano Duranti .... assistant hair stylist: Italy
Morna Ferguson .... key makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair stylist
Niamh O'Loan .... makeup assistant: Dublin
Aldo Signoretti .... key hair stylist: Ms. Mirren
Joe Whelan .... hair trainee
Martina Byrne .... make up artist: crowd (uncredited)
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Enrico Ballarin .... production manager: Italy
Laura Cappato .... unit manager: Italy
Jo Homewood .... production manager: Dublin
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandra Corbally .... trainee assistant director: Dublin
Edoardo Ferretti .... second assistant director: Italy
Mary Gough .... second assistant director
Sean Griffin .... third assistant director: Dublin
Barbara Mulcahy .... first assistant director
Davide Sacchetti .... second second assistant director
Francesco Scopelliti .... assistant director
Luigi Spoletini .... second assistant director: Italy
Art Department
Maximilian Aita .... property dressing: Dublin (as Max Aita)
Roberta Amodio .... property buyer: Italy
Anthony Arkins .... stagehand: Dublin
Edward Arkins .... stagehand: Dublin
George Arkins .... stagehand: Dublin
Thomas John Atkins .... stand-by stagehand: Dublin
Ignacio Barbe .... set dresser
Ken Carlisle .... carpenter: Dublin
David Chambers .... stagehand: Dublin
Liz Colbert .... art department trainee
Vincenzo De Stefano .... drapes: Italy
Pascal Farrell .... supervising carpenter: Dublin
Mick Flood .... property supervisor: Dublin (as Michael Flood)
Michael Freeney .... rigger: Dublin
Ruggero Gamba .... stand-by assistant property: Italy
Jimmy Gillen .... stagehand: Dublin
John Greene .... painter: Dublin
Martin Hayes .... carpenter: Dublin
Bernard Hickie .... property dressing: Dublin
Gisella Ingrassia .... stand-by painter: Italy
James Kavanagh .... drapes: Dublin
Darren Keenan .... stand-by painter: Dublin
Martin Kenny .... painter: Dublin
Matthew Kirwan .... carpenter: Dublin
Gerard Lanigan .... property stand-by
Eoin Lewis .... property dressing: Dublin
Nicky MacManus .... carpenter: Dublin
Charles Maloney .... painter: Dublin
James McGetrick .... assistant property stand-by: Dublin
Robert Meldon .... rigger: Dublin
Ed Norton .... construction manager: Dublin
Irene O'Brien .... first assistant art director
Liam O'Riain .... carpenter: Dublin
Lesley Oakley .... draughtsperson
Roberto Palombelli .... property dressing: Italy
Sheelagh Power .... art department property buyer: Dublin
Bob Pritchard .... property store person: Dublin
Laurence Quinn .... construction buyer: Dublin
Saverio Sammali .... assistant art director
Ken Samson .... rigger: Dublin
Giovanbattista Sbragi .... property dressing: Italy
Alan Siggins .... painter: Dublin
Ron Benton .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francesco Azzini .... sound assistant: Italy
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer
Daniel Birch .... sound mixer
Tom Bognar .... assistant sound editor
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor
Ryan Darden .... assistant sound editor
Russell DeWolf .... dialogue editor
John Edwards-Younger .... sound effects editor (as John S. Edwards-Younger)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Andrew Felton .... sound trainee: Dublin
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
John Green .... dialogue editor (as John F. Green)
Stephen Grubbs .... supervising sound editor
Nathan Hankins .... assistant sound editor
Richard Hetherington .... boom operator
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Sean McCormack .... sound recordist
Gus Medina .... foley mixer
Tim O'Donovan .... sound trainee: Dublin
Dale W. Perry .... foley artist (as Dale Perry)
Kevin Roache .... adr recordist
R. Russell Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects: Italy
Franco Galiano .... special effects coordinator: Italy
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Adam Hawkey .... digital film opticals: iOFilm
Philippe Zone .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bazille .... still photographer
Paolo Bovi .... grip: Italy
Ian Clark .... first assistant camera
Francesco Colangeli .... electrician: Italy
Andrew Cole .... electrician: Dublin
Andy Cole .... electrician
Roberto De Angelis .... Steadicam operator
Roberto De Angelis .... camera operator: "b" camera
Giordano De Blasis .... electrician
Bonnie Dempsey .... camera trainee: Dublin
Tony Devlin .... chief lighting technician
Fabio Di Michele .... generator operator: Italy
Gerard Donnelly .... assistant chief lighting technician: Dublin
John Evans .... second assistant camera
David Giorgio .... video assist operator
Martin Holland .... generator operator: Dublin
Noel Holland .... electrician: Dublin
Duccio Maccari .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Italy
Ian Madden .... chief rigging technician: Dublin
Stefano Marino .... gaffer: Italy
James McGuire .... electrician: Dublin
Anthony Meade .... second assistant camera: Dublin
Giuseppe Meloni .... electrician: Italy
Eoin O'Hagan .... electrician: Dublin
Roberto Pecci .... grip: Italy
Sam Phillips .... key grip
Marco Sticchi .... electrician: Italy
Alberto Torrecilla .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Italy
Doriano Torriero .... grip: Italy
Bernard Walsh .... still photographer: Dublin
Casting Department
Francesco Vedovati .... casting: Italy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giuseppe Avallone .... costume assistant: Italy
Hermano Boccanera .... costume trainee: Italy
Catherine Buyse Dian .... costume assistant: Italy
Stefano Giovani .... costume assistant: Italy
Gill Howard .... assistant costume designer
Olga Michalowska .... costume assistant: Italy
Jessica O'Leary .... wardrobe supervisor
Laura Sciotti .... seamstress: Italy
Cassandra Steyn-Taylor .... wardrobe assistant
Cesare Tanoni .... costume assistant: Italy
Liz Treacy .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Tim King .... executive in charge of post-production
Roger La Prairie .... telecine colorist
Jarrod Miller .... post-production assistant
Alexis Seymour .... first assistant editor
Music Department
James Bellamy .... music editor
Patrick S. Clark .... music editor (as Patrick Clark)
James Collins .... music scoring mixer
Jeanne Fay .... music clearance
Debbie Reinberg .... music business affairs
Transportation Department
Tony De Simone .... driver: Italy
Fabio Mancini .... transportation captain: Italy
Fiona Mulvey .... transportation captain: Dublin
Roberto Volpi .... driver: Italy
Other crew
Stefania Antonini .... production coordinator
Barbara Bialkowska .... assistant production coordinator: Italy
Gianni Carpentieri .... production accountant: Italy
John Charles .... software engineer: TriCoast Studios
Rita Della Rocca .... production accountant: Italy
Noel Donnellon .... projectionist: playback
Fionnuala Dorney .... assistant production accountant
Sile Dorney .... production accountant
Donna Eperon .... production coordinator
Suzanne Fitzgerald .... assistant: Ms. Bancroft
Bernardo Galli .... production assistant: Italy
Carla Garagnani .... payroll accountant: Italy
Eileen Bernadette Gorman .... assistant: Ms. Bancroft
Mary Higgins .... stand-in
Ken Kelly .... stand-in
Gerry Lundberg .... unit publicist: Dublin
Genevieve Mackenzie .... production assistant: Dublin
Paolo Merosi .... set production assistant
Amanda Moor .... assistant production accountant: Dublin
Pat Nangle .... assistant location manager: Dublin
Giuseppe Nardi .... location manager: Italy
Elaine Nicell .... assistant production coordinator
Kerrie O'Connor .... production trainee: Dublin
Clare O'Keefe .... stand-in
Miriam O'Kelly .... assistant production accountant
Evelyn O'Neill .... location trainee: Dublin
Cassandra Seidl .... post accounting supervisor
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen .... script supervisor
Francis Taaffe .... projectionist: playback
Gianluca Tittonel .... assistant location manager: Italy
Anita Tomaselli .... production coordinator: Italy
Federica Vendrame .... location assistant: Italy
Gordon Wycherley .... location manager: Dublin
Midge Warnes .... production secretary (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity
114 min | Israel:108 min
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Anne Bancroft's last live action film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A pale and spiritless facsimile, 12 August 2003

The remaking of an old movie is justified if something is brought to it which was lacking in the original. The 1961 "Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" was not an entirely successful venture. Unlike most of the other legendary Tennessee William's screen adaptations, "Roman Spring" originated as a novella rather than a play, making it trickier work for screenwriter Gavin Lambert. The relationship between ageing star and young gigolo could have been explored with greater candor. Despite the start quality of both Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty there was a distinct lack of chemistry between the two.

There is no way a remake can escape comparison with the original. In every conceivable way this television remake is totally inferior. Casting Vivien Leigh in the role would have been mandatory at the time. Her unforgettable Blanche du Bois in William's "Streetcar Named Desire", together with her real life mental problems plus the last vestiges of her famed beauty would seemingly portend a great performance. But this all seemed to play against her in a mannered and predictable performance. Surely there is no lack of glamorous ageing stars of yesterday who could have had a field day with this role. Instead we have the distinctly unglamorous Helen Mirren, hopelessly miscast in a role she should have had the sense to turn down. A young Warren Beatty, working desperately hard at his Italian accent at least possessed virile sexiness, the stock of any self respecting gigolo. Here we have the pretty faced yet completely uncharismatic Olivier Martinez. There are hordes of spunky, hunky, and hopefully talented actors who could have injected a much needed dose of youthful bravado in this limp intergenerational affair. With this lackluster couple given center stage the movie is hopelessly sunk.

In the original, the Contessa, a pimp of inordinate greed, was played by Lotte Lenya with a thin veneer of social grace masking a menacing viciousness. Her scenes are the finest in the movie. Whoever cast the role in this remake must have thought the choice of Anne Bancroft as the Contessa especially adroit, with the expectation that she would tap into her Italian heritage. What they did not take into account were the many years spent in the company of Mel Brooks, plus a number of Jewish mother roles under her belt. There are moments when you may expect her to offer the gigolo in her stable a bowl of chicken soup while bemoaning the starving children in some far off country. It's a performance that makes one wince, especially with the memory of the inimitable Lenya.

Despite it's faults, the original "Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" remains completely untouched by this pale and spiritless facsimile.

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