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Casanova (2005)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  6 January 2006 (USA)
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Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casanova's Mother
Leigh Lawson ...
Mother's Lover / Tito
Guardi (as Phil Davis)
Paddy Ward ...


Casanova is in love with Francesca, who thinks he is a friend of himself even though he is engaged to Victoria, who is the love of Giovanni, Francesca's brother. Francesca is betrothed to Paprizzio who thinks Casanova is the feminist writer Guardi, who is really Francessca's nomme de plume. Amidst all these secret identities and misunderstandings, the Catholic Church sends Pucci to bring Casanova and Guardi to trial for heresy. Written by Ploy P.

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There's no greater adventure than true love. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Казанова  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$231,077 (USA) (23 December 2005)


$29,735 (Chile) (2 June 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


The business with the hot air balloon is a minor anachronism. The first manned flight of such a vehicle was by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783, just 30 years after the film's setting. See more »


Casanova: The choice of lime is very sliming.
Lord Papprizzio: You're too kind.
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Crazy Credits

BIMBA is given screen credit as the Pig. See more »


Version of The Real Casanova (2003) See more »


Concerto à 5, Op. 9 No. 2 in D minor for Oboe, Strings & Continuo (1. Allegro e non presto)
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni
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More farce than history
3 January 2006 | by (New Orleans LA) – See all my reviews

If you approach this film looking for history or biography, you will be disappointed. This film is a superbly written farce, enacted by a talented cast of comic actors. The interesting set-up of false identities is further complicated by the addition of two scene-stealers, Oliver Platt and Jeremy Irons. One of the most entertaining scenes in the film is a comic bit involving Oliver Platt as he proudly displays his portrait. Oliver Platt is able to elicit a huge laugh without saying a word and using any broad gesture--just a kind of comic deflation.

And Jeremy Irons as the Grand Inquisitor was equally delightful, as he investigates heresy with the determination and insight of an Inspector Clouseau.

The action (and comedy) moves briskly, and appropriately for a farce, there is a come-from-nowhere ending that is as unbelievable as it is hilarious. But the ending does not disappoint, at all.

This film contains no apparent "theme" or "message", for which we can all be thankful. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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