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Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Director:

Charles Sturridge

Writers:

E.M. Forster (based on the novel by), Tim Sullivan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Graves ... Philip Herriton
Helen Mirren ... Lilia Herriton
Helena Bonham Carter ... Caroline Abbott
Barbara Jefford ... Mrs. Herriton
Judy Davis ... Harriet Herriton
Thomas Wheatley Thomas Wheatley ... Mr. Kingcroft
Sophie Kullmann Sophie Kullmann ... Irma
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ... Mr. Abbott
Sylvia Barter Sylvia Barter ... Mrs. Theobald
Eileen Davies ... Ethel
Siria Betti Siria Betti ... Hotel-Keeper
Giovanni Guidelli ... Gino Carella
Anna Lelio Anna Lelio ... Perfetta
Luca Lazzareschi ... Spiridione
Sergio Falasca Sergio Falasca ... Carriage Driver
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Storyline

Around 1906, the widow Lilia Herriton meets a young man when she visits Italy and marries him. The man is only a dentist without a good name, and Lilia's relatives are clearly unhappy with her choice. Lilia dies while giving birth to a son, and two relatives travel to Italy to take care of of the baby, expecting no trouble from the father. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality, violence and theme | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

E.M. Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuna, Siena, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,403,033
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The film was part of a mid 1980s - early 1990s cycle of mostly theatrical film adaptations of works and novels by E.M. Forster. The films were [in order]: A Passage to India (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Billy Budd (1988), Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991), and Howards End (1992). See more »

Goofs

In a scene outside on the veranda in Gino's house in Italy, Lilia (Helen Mirren) has her back to the view of the countryside. At one point, when the camera is on her, a white van can be seen driving along the road in the distance. It is clearly a 1990s-era vehicle, moving much faster than automobiles of the era could have. See more »

Quotes

Philip Herriton: [to Gino] I'm sure you're honorable, but are you wise?
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Lucia di Lammermoor
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Music by Gaetano Donizetti (as Donizetti)
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Not the best Forster, but...
3 May 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Where Angels Fear to Tread is not the best E. M. Forster novel to be written, and it is certainly not the best to be made into a movie, but it is well worth watching for another superb performance by Helena Bonham Cater and her supporting cast.

Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta) is excellent as an Edwardian aristocrat who becomes enchanted with the Italian way of living. Helen Mirrewn (The Queen) is equally good in her small role as the flighty Lilia. Judy Davis (Marie Antoinette , The Beak-up) provides the comic relief as a proper lady who cannot abide a half-English child being brought up by Italians.

It all makes for a good movie with fine performances.


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