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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 September 2003 (USA)
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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Riotta ...
Mario Monicelli ...
Roberto Nobile ...
Anita Zagaria ...
Evelina Gori ...
Giulia Steigerwalt ...
Valentine Pelka ...
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Signora Raguzzi


Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by Huggo

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villa | love | divorce | writer | house | See All (168) »


Life offers you a thousand chances ... all you have to do is take one. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)


£440,167 (UK) (2 April 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer/director Audrey Wells said that when she was writing the script, the only actress she thought of to play Patti was Sandra Oh. They had worked together on Guinevere (1999). One of Oh's guests on the Italian location was her fiancé Alexander Payne. See more »


When Frances returns to Positano to meet with Marcello, she is at sea-level. Most (if not all) busses to Positano come in from the hillside as most of the city is almost vertical along the cliffside. She would not have entered the city from the bottom and then climb, she would have to come in from the top and go down. See more »


Frances: I'll hire the muscular descendants of Roman gods to do the heavy lifting.
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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »


Humming Chorus
(from "Madama Butterfly")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (as Rome Opera House Chorus and Rome Opera House Orchestra)
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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Gorgeous Eye Candy
15 February 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I don't care if it was a "chic flick" or what. Whatever, it was so breathtakingly beautiful that anyone should be entranced by it's sheer visual assault on the senses. When you add great performances by a fine cast, and an interesting story, you can't loose. Who wouldn't love to escape for an hour or so to the Italian Sun? Even the ending was realistic.

This is the second movie I've seen lately that took place in a beautiful countryside Italian Villa. The other, "My House in Umbria" was equally eye catching and enjoyable.

But I think I've reached the point of satiation. If I have to see one more movie where the lead actress has nothing to do but make friends, remodel her gorgeous Tuscan Villa, eat gourmet food on her sunny patio in the garden, have no money worries, and not work, I think I might snap. I pray daily that Diane Lane and Maggie Smith will one day be slinging hash in a Barstow truckstop and experience the real world.

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