Four English women, after World War I, who are unhappy with their lives, and their time away on vacation in a beautiful Italian villa.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Elizabeth von Arnim (novel), Peter Barnes
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Josie Lawrence ... Lottie Wilkins
Miranda Richardson ... Rose Arbuthnot
Alfred Molina ... Mellersh Wilkins
Neville Phillips ... Vicar
Jim Broadbent ... Frederick Arbuthnot
Michael Kitchen ... George Briggs
Joan Plowright ... Mrs Fisher
Polly Walker ... Caroline Dester
Stephen Beckett ... Jonathan
Matthew Radford Matthew Radford ... Patrick
Davide Manuli ... Beppo
Vittorio Duse ... Domenico
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Francesca
Anna Longhi Anna Longhi ... Costanza
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This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners, both male and female, and has its own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a little mini-trip to Italy, a gorgeously filmed enchantment.

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Taglines:

It's April in Italy, and anything can happen...even love.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When she was cast as Mrs. Fisher, Dame Joan Plowright said that about twenty years earlier she and Dame Maggie Smith had planned an adaption of the same novel in which they would play the parts of Lottie Wilkins and Rose Arbuthnot. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, the vase of flowers at the dining table repeatedly changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fisher: In my day husbands and beds were very seldom mentioned in the same breath. Husbands were taken seriously, as the only true obstacle to sin.
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Spoofed in Stiff Upper Lips (1997) See more »

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Love's Old Sweet Song
By J.L. Molloy
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Few Films Have This Magic
12 September 2003 | by sharlyfarleySee all my reviews

"Magic" isn't too strong a word for the spell this film weaves. You find yourself relaxing, and seeing others in a more benevolent light... Any movie that has that civilizing an effect on viewers deserves serious attention. Seldom are we soaked in beauty like this. As if that weren't enough, it's funny. Performances are, without exception, extraordinary, but special mention must be made of the miraculous Miranda Richardson, and the superb Josie Walker - both open like roses.

Why ISN'T this film on DVD? It deserves to live forever.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Enchanted April See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,041, 2 August 1992

Gross USA:

$13,200,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,200,170
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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