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Under the Tuscan Sun -- While on an Italian vacation, a woman buy a villa and decides to stay.
Under the Tuscan Sun -- While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life.
Under the Tuscan Sun -- Clip: Frances Escapes Gawking Men
Under the Tuscan Sun -- While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life.
Under the Tuscan Sun -- Clip: New House Monologue


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Writers (WGA):
Frances Mayes (book)
Audrey Wells (screen story)
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Release Date:
26 September 2003 (USA) See more »
The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Diane Lane ... Frances

Sandra Oh ... Patti

Lindsay Duncan ... Katherine

Raoul Bova ... Marcello

Vincent Riotta ... Martini
Mario Monicelli ... Old Man with Flowers
Roberto Nobile ... Placido
Anita Zagaria ... Fiorella
Evelina Gori ... Nona Cardinale
Giulia Steigerwalt ... Chiara

Pawel Szajda ... Pawel
Valentine Pelka ... Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic ... Zbignew
Massimo Sarchielli ... Nino

Claudia Gerini ... Signora Raguzzi
Laura Pestellini ... Contessa

David Sutcliffe ... Ed

Kate Walsh ... Grace

Don McManus ... Nasty Man
Matt Salinger ... Colleague

Elden Henson ... Author
Johnny Radzik ... San Francisco Guy (as John Radzik)
Geoffrey Rivas ... Head Mover

Jack Kehler ... Apartment Manager

Dan Bucatinsky ... Tour Member Rodney

Kristoffer Ryan Winters ... David Tour Guide (as Kristoffer Winters)

Sean Kaplan ... Seat Mate

Jeffery Jones ... Gay Tourist
Giuseppe Buondonno ... Gay Tourist

Vittorio Pecchillo ... Gay Tourist
Andrea Saran ... Gay Tourist
Giulia Bernardini ... Gay Tourist
Marco Fubini ... Rome Man #1
Davide Paganini ... Rome Man #2
Pierfilippo Macchiavelli ... Rome Man #3
Nuccio Siano ... Gianni
Malva Guicheney ... Gianni's Daughter
Marit Nissen ... German Woman

Ralph Palka ... German Man

Marco Bonini ... Dinner Guest
Salvatore Lazzaro ... Contractor #1
Sandro Dori ... Contractor #2
Marcello Marziali ... Contractor #3
Domenico Gennaro ... Marcello's Cousin
Romina Cansanella ... Marcello's Niece

Emiliano Novelli ... Positano Policeman
Francesca Petrucci ... Choir Singer
Chiara Porti ... Signor Martini's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeffrey Tambor ... Frances' Divorce Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Audrey Wells 
Writing credits
Frances Mayes (book "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy")

Audrey Wells (screen story)

Audrey Wells (screenplay)

Produced by
Katie DiMento .... associate producer
Laura Fattori .... executive producer
Mark Gill .... executive producer
Jon Goldman .... associate producer
Sandy Kroopf .... executive producer
Edoardo Petti .... associate producer
Tom Sternberg .... producer
Audrey Wells .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson 
Film Editing by
Arthur Coburn 
Andrew Marcus 
Todd E. Miller 
Casting by
John Brace 
Beatrice Kruger  (as Béatrice Kruger)
Linda Lowy 
Production Design by
Stephen McCabe 
Art Direction by
Franco Fumagalli  (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Gianni Giovagnoni 
Set Decoration by
Nick Evans 
Mauro Passi 
Cinzia Sleiter 
Cynthia Sleiter 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Ercole 
Makeup Department
Francesco Nardi .... makeup artist
Alessio Pompei .... hair stylist
Raffaella Ragazzi .... additional makeup dailies (2004)
Maurizio Silvi .... makeup designer
Mauro Tamagnini .... hair designer
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist: Diane Lane
Production Management
Manuela Cacciamani .... assistant unit manager
Brent W. Hall .... post-production supervisor (as Brent Hall)
Riccardo Neri .... unit production manager
Federico Santangelo .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alberto Mangiante .... first assistant director
Nicola Marzano .... second second assistant director
Robert J. Mooney .... second assistant director: San Francisco
Barbara Pastrovich .... second assistant director
Luigi Spoletini .... first assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
Barbara Ancarani .... art department coordinator
Chiara Balducci .... set decoration assistant
Cristina Cecili .... painter
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist
Tommaso Dubla .... head painter
Derrick Kardos .... graphic designer
Letizia Santucci .... assistant set decorator
Jody Weisenfeld .... set decorator: San Francisco
Mark Warren .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stephen Balliet .... boom operator: San Francisco
Bob Beemer .... supervising sound mixer
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist
Howard London .... adr mixer
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist
Kira Roessler .... sound editor
Katherine Rose .... foley artist (as Catherine Rose)
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Nelson Stoll .... production sound mixer: San Francisco unit
John Joseph Thomas .... foley supervisor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Clive Winter .... sound
Special Effects by
Al Broussard .... special effects supervisor: LA reshoots
Stefano Corridori .... special effects technician
John McLeod .... special effects supervisor: San Francisco
Thomas Rasada .... special effects technician: LA reshoots
Visual Effects by
Ozzie Carmona .... digital artist
David Emerson .... optical and digital line-up
Patrick Flanagan .... digital compositor
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Bruce Harris .... digital compositor
Brad Kalinoski .... digital compositor
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
Bill Kent .... visual effects supervisor
George Macri .... visual effects producer
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Rodney Montague .... visual effects producer
Reid Paul .... digital effects supervisor
Kevin Struckman .... CG artist: Pixel Magic
Devin Uzan .... digital compositor
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Joseph Francis .... animator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt camera-vehicle assistant
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Franco Biciocchi .... still photographer
Fausto Cancellieri .... machinist
Matteo Carlesimo .... focus puller: "a" camera
Greg Davies .... gaffer: San Francisco unit
Francesco Di Giacomo .... focus puller
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... director of photography: second unit
Paolo Frasson .... dolly grip
Giovanni Gabriele .... electrician
John Gazdik .... first assistant: B camera, San Francisco
Luke Hock .... best boy grip: San Francisco
Todd Kuhn .... key grip: San Francisco
Massimiliano Kuveiller .... second assistant camera
John Lacy .... best boy electric: San Francisco
Emiliano Leurini .... focus puller: "b" camera
Gianmaria Majorana .... camera operator: "a" camera
Paul Marbury .... first assistant camera: A camera, San Francisco
Raffaele Massa .... focus puller
Johnny Radzik .... Steadicam operator
Johnny Radzik .... camera operator: "b" camera
Johnny Radzik .... director of photography: second unit
Flaviano Ricci .... grip
Luca Sardini .... electrician
Jimmy Stuart .... dolly grip: San Francisco
Alberto Torrecilla .... additional first assistant camera: "c" camera
Doriano Torriero .... key grip
John Trunk .... video assist operator: San Francisco
Fabio Ciotto .... second assistant camera: additional unit (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gary Hebert .... animator
Casting Department
Sandy Holt .... additional special voice casting
Derek J. Marquardt .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Lombardi .... costume assistant
Maria De Los Angeles Parrinello .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... dailies color grader
Todd E. Miller .... additional editor
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Ellen Taylor .... assistant editor
Yvonne Valdez .... first assistant editor
Corinne Villa .... assistant editor: avid
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... supervising music editor
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Chris Douridas .... music consultant
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Mark Estes .... music preparation
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Jon Robert Hall .... off-camera singer
Karen Harper .... off-camera singer
Andrew Kaiser .... orchestrator
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor: temp music
Adam Michalak .... score recordist
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Pat Weber .... scoring technician
Transportation Department
Doug Dovichi .... transportation captain
Tom Driskill .... local transportation captain: San Francisco
Edoardo Moracci .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Simona Batistelli .... production coordinator
Daniela Berardi .... payroll clerk
Kate Bowe .... unit publicist
Betsy Chory .... assistant: Ms. Wells, USA
Stella D'Onofrio .... script supervisor
Lara dall'Antonia .... production secretary
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor: San Francisco
Willy Faso .... production assistant
Nicola Fedrigoni .... assistant location manager
Alessandra Fortuna .... office production contact: Rome
Pamela B. Green .... producer: main/end titles
Gary Hebert .... title designer
Jonathan Herman .... assistant: Mr. Sternberg
Massimo Iacobis .... location manager
Erin Kaufman .... production coordinator: Los Angeles/San Francisco
J.C. McIlwaine .... production assistant: San Francisco
Erik Paoletti .... location manager
Gianluca Passone .... location manager
Franco Penna .... production accountant
Roberto Penna .... auditor
Carla Maria Perrina .... accountant
Andrea Piria .... cashier: Italy
Michela Prodan .... head dialogue coach
Jason Reed .... production executive
Jennifer Rivieccio .... personal assistant: Ms. Wells
Jay Roberts .... accountant
Jay Roberts .... post-production accountant
Alessandro Ruggeri .... assistant production coordinator
Maria Assunta Sangermano .... personal assistant: Ms. Lane
Federico Santangelo .... production assistant
Yovel Schwartz .... production assistant: San Francisco
Gail Stempler .... location manager: San Francisco
K.L. Connie Wang .... script clearance administrator (as Connie Wang)
Francesco Scopelliti .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:o.Al. | Italy:T | New Zealand:M | Philippines:R-13 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:7 | Sweden:Btl | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40079)

Did You Know?

The director wanted to cast actual Polish actors to play the immigrant Polish workers in the film, but couldn't due problems and delays getting work visas for the Polish actors from the Italian government.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Before Francesca first kisses Marcello on the beach, a light sheet is visible reflected in her sunglasses.See more »
Frances:[in voiceover] Every day I watch for the old man with the flowers, and I wonder, was he born here? Did he love someone here? Did he lose someone here? He doesn't seem as curious about me, but that's all right. These days I'm something of a loner myself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear of Clowns (2004) (V)See more »
Il vecchiotto cerca moglieSee more »


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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Sappy and unrealistic, but still strangely charming..., 22 January 2007

Poet and writer Frances Mayes became a household name when in 1996 she published "Under the Tuscan Sun", a book where she detailed how she and her new lover bought and renovated an abandoned villa in Tuscany, Italy. With her stylish prose, she made the book something more than a mere diary of the renovation and turned into a captivating chronicle of her trips through Italy and her familiarization with the country's rich culture. The book's detailed account of Mayes' trips attracted director Audrey Wells, who used the book's story of the renovation of an Italian villa as a basis for this charming romantic comedy set in Tuscany and starring Diane Lane.

Frances (Diane Lane) is a writer in her mid-30s currently suffering writer's block, but this is the lesser of her problems, as her husband suddenly decides to divorce her and as a result of legal issues, he keeps their house. Without a place to call home, Frances enters a state of depression, but her friend Patti (Sandra Oh) has a solution. Since Patti (who is a lesbian) has become pregnant, she and her partner offer Frances their tickets to Italy and convince her to take a holiday. While traveling through Tuscanny with the tour, Frances finds an abandoned villa for sale, and impulsively (and thanks to a series of consequences), she decides to buy it. "Under the Tuscan Sun" details France's efforts to renovate the villa and her life at the same time, as well as her encounters with many interesting characters from the beautiful Italian region.

Well, it is safe to point out that other than the tale of the renovation of an old house, Audrey Well's adaptation of the story has little to no resemblance to the book's plot. However, the way Wells mixes Mayes' Italian adventure with her character's own tribulations is almost perfect. True, the movie's plot is a bit typical and filled with some of the most common clichés in the romantic comedy genre, but it also offers some really nice (and unexpected) twists to the formula. While not exactly the detailed travelogue that Mayes' book is, this version of "Under the Tuscan Sun" really captures the magic of the Italian region and accurately shows off bits of the country's culture despite the funny use of classic stereotypes.

Director Audrey Wells takes a straight forward approach to her story, but wisely, takes full advantage of the location's awesome landscapes and the enormous talent of cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson. Together, Simpson and Wells create beautiful vistas of Italy's famous countryside that often mimic in a cleverly fashion some very well-known paintings of the same locations. The film's cinematography is definitely the movie's main asset, but it's not the only good thing in the film. While in terms of style Wells follows the romantic comedy formula somewhat to the letter, the movie is filled with a very human touch that most movies of this genre lack.

Diane Lane is simply perfect as the movie's main character, as while the role may be a bit typical, she truly added her talents to the part and made Frances a very real and likable woman. Sandra Oh is good as Frances' best friend Patti, although really less convincing than Lane. Vincent Riotta is the film's highlight, as the helpful Mr. Martini who also gives two or three lessons to the stranger in a strange land. Lindsay Duncan appears as the strange Katherine, and plays an over-the-top character with dignity and charm. Overall the rest of the cast was very good, with everyone being perfect to the part although nothing really special. By the way, watch out for a small appearance of legendary director Mario Monicelli in a small role.

It's impossible to compare the film to the book as they are both very different beasts, with very little in common; so fans of the book won't find a faithful adaptation despite the gorgeous images of Italy. As a film, "Under the Tuscan Sun" is a very effective melodrama, as while it's certainly sappy and silly at times, it offers a breath of fresh air when compared to other similar films. True, it's story may not be the most original one, but the way it's executed it's strangely charming, as if the beautiful cinematography and witty script were able to cast a magic spell on the viewers and simply captivate with their simple beauty.

It's easy to dismiss "Under the Tuscan Sun" as another silly romantic comedy filled with typical clichés and sappy situations; but while those descriptions often prove true to this film, there is something else, something more that this movie offers that makes it special, and a truly different experience to those used to watch the same plots in melodramas over and over. "Under the Tuscan Sun" may not be true to its source book, but it uses it cleverly to tells a really charming story. 7/10

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