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Stealing Beauty (1996)

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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi ... Carlo Lisca
... Diana (as Sinead Cusack)
... Christopher
... Gregory
Anna Maria Gherardi ... Chiarella Donati
... Alex
... M. Guillaume
... Ian
... Richard
Ignazio Oliva ... Osvaldo Donati
... Noemi
... Michele Lisca
Mary Jo Sorgani ... Maria
Leonardo Treviglio ... Lieutenant
... Lucy Harmon
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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying to solve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara. Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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The most beautiful place to be is in love.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, some drug use and language | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing by Myself  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,028, 16 June 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,573,330, 15 September 1996
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Jeremy Irons came onto the production, after production was completed on "Die Hard With A Vengeance" which he starred opposite Bruce Willis. Liv Tyler later played Bruce Willis's daughter in "Armageddon". See more »

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When Richard and Lucy fall over together on the lawn, a close-up shot shows Miranda watching them on her left. But in the wide shot when she smashes a plate, she is watching them on her right. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy: What are you doing?
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During the opening credits, there is a montage of Lucy (Liv Tyler) being recorded on a video camera during her travel to Italy by an unknown man. See more »

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QUARTET No.20 In D MAJOR K.499
Performed by Eder Quartet
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Courtesy of Naxos America
by arrangement with Source/Q
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Great potential...but falls short
16 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

The first twenty minutes of this movie had me riveted. The Italian landscape was incredible and upon meeting all the diverse characters, one would think this was the perfect stage for a fine film.

But it wasn't.

Lucy's search for her father is first pushed on the back burner then brought miraculously to life near the end of the movie. Meanwhile the plot involves the entire house buzzing like old maids about the poor girl's virginity, as if the topic were front page news. But then again Jeremy Irons character said it best: "Up here on this hill, the only thing we have to talk about is each other". Hm, maybe so, but the idea quickly becomes dull.

Instead of becoming interested in Lucy, the only scenes I found enjoyable involved Miranda and her dim-witted "boyfriend". Richard made me laugh so much that I nearly forgave the pointless plot. And I would've been very disappointed were it not for Jeremy Irons and his wonderful character of Alex. Alex's musing, thoughts and expressions made me smile and made me think. (" 'The incredible frivolity of the dying' You have to allow me a little frivolity")

As far as what Lucy sees in Nicholo or what made her take the plunge with someone she barely knew, baffles me. Take the beautiful cinemetography, interesting characters and mold them in an entirely different way and you've got yourself a much better movie than what was presented. Such potential..wasted *sigh*


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