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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
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
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?

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 »
Continuity: When Francesca goes to Positano to surprise Marcello, she rides up the winding roads on the back of a Police motor scooter. As they make a sharp right turn, we see an unobstructed view of a miniature village scene in the wall at that turn. A moment later when the camera angle changes, all of a sudden a parked blue truck appears, along with an attentive worker standing behind it.See more »
Katherine:It's a nice little villa. Rather run down, but redeemable. Are you going to buy it?
Frances:No, no, no. I'm, I'm just a tourist. Here for the day.
Frances:Well, I mean who wouldn't want to buy a villa in Tuscany. But, uh, the way my life's been going, that would be a terrible idea.
Katherine:Terrible idea. Mm... Don't you just love those?
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Movie Connections:
References A Room with a View (1985)See more »
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116 out of 143 people found the following review useful.
Diane Lane is Brighter Than the Tuscan Sun, 28 September 2003

"Under the Tuscan Sun" is a polarizing film that seems to leave viewers (and critics) either in love with a story of growth and renewal or dismissive of its line. I'm firmly in the former camp.

Based so loosely on Frances Mayes's own account of her regeneration in beautiful Italy as to carry an end credit pronouncing that substantial fictionalization replaced key true details, writer and director Audrey Wells crafted a stunning vehicle for Diane Lane whose radiance projects from the screen powerfully. And in every scene.

Diane Lane, as the changed-from-the-memoir Frances, abandons San Francisco after her never shown cad husband divorces her, getting the house she once loved. Frances is a writer and literary critic. Why does she leave S.F.? Two of her closest friends give her a ticket for a gay bus tour of Italy and she jumps off the bus to look into a ramshackle old country house up for sale. Impetuosity? Definitely. Believable? Yes, actually.

Frances' new house isn't a handyman's special, it's a contractor's assurance of food on the table for a very long time. Frances adapts to the house and the locals with remarkable aplomb. Tuscany is sunny but its light fades before Frances's challenged but resilient commitment to not just restore a house but to create a home. The two aren't the same. I'm not sure how many male directors could so well create that reality.

Director Wells tells the story from a woman's heart but with a breadth of humor and drama that should appeal to anyone who wants to believe, or needs to hope, that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel of marital infidelity and dissolution.

Supporting Diane Lane is Sandra Oh as Patti, her closest friend. In relatively short scenes, Ms. Oh displays a lively and laconic grasp not only of her friend's life but also of her own which is not, as they say today, devoid of "issues."

Lindsay Duncan is Katharine, an older woman determined to hold on to her now fading attractiveness through a blend of humor, earthiness - and alcohol. Her character may be predictable but she's also fun.

Raoul Bova has garnered some press attention as handsome Marcello, the romantically available and affluent Italian. That's a character we've seen in many, many films and Bova delivers an expectedly satisfactory but hardly deep performance.

Yes, Diane Lane is beautiful but there is much more to her acting than a shining appearance. Her facial gestures, mirroring her emotions as they shift from moment to moment, are the product of extraordinary acting ability. And her character draws a powerful portrayal.

Credit also must go to cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson. Perhaps it would be impossible for a blind camera director to turn in anything but a gorgeous visage of rural and urban Italy but Simpson did do a marvelous job of making the locales come alive.

This is a film for adults, for people who can understand pain and the search for recovery and understand the difficulty of coming back from a space that once offered the mirage of safety and security.

I loved this film.


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