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The Garden of Redemption (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | TV Movie 25 May 1997
A priest struggles with his religious beliefs as he sees his countrymen murdered in Nazi occupied Italy and as he becomes attracted to a woman operating in the resistance.


Tony DiFranco (short story) (as Anthony DiFranco), Thomas Michael Donnelly (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marta Amaro Marta Amaro ... Adrianas Granddaughter
Anthony LaPaglia ... Don Paolo Montale
João Arouca João Arouca ... Porter in Modena Station
Embeth Davidtz ... Adriana
Rui Pedro Cardoso Rui Pedro Cardoso ... Partisan
Dan Hedaya ... Capt. Zito
Manuel Castro e Silva Manuel Castro e Silva ... Renata's lover in cafe
Peter Firth ... Nazi Commandant
Brad Cherry Brad Cherry ... American paratrooper
Jorge Sanz ... Aldo
James Acheson ... American OSS officer
Diogo Lagoa ... Boy on train (as Diogo Costa)
John Benfield ... Mayor of Vaiano
Carla Cruz Carla Cruz ... Aldo's sister
Carlos Curto Carlos Curto ... Partisan


A priest struggles with his religious beliefs as he sees his countrymen murdered in Nazi occupied Italy and as he becomes attracted to a woman operating in the resistance. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Em Tempo De Guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aldo: I'm like a fox! They'll never catch me!
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18 October 2005 | by garboventuresSee all my reviews

What a dull film which only really perked up towards the very final stages. So much more could have been made of this narrative - and there was some decent acting talent on board too: Anthony La Paglia is almost always a stalwart; Peter Firth is generally good value; and Jorge Sanz is a charismatic actor and a big star in his native Spain. However Sanz was woefully under-used here, and the lead female Embeth Davidtz, while undoubtedly a reasonable actress, is best when arch and witty, but is badly miscast here as too soft and winsome.

The plot meandered, the script was lifeless, the actors had assumed horribly phony sounding accents which grated after the first five minutes: this was really was a case of direction-by-numbers. The La Paglia/Davidtz will they, won't they 'romance' was mildly intriguing - carried by LaPaglia who has to grapple with his inner conscience throughout, as he is a Catholic Priest but is clearly very attracted to Adriana (Davidtz). So this gets a 4 for LaPaglia, and for a minor fillip of interest due to a suspenseful and tragic finish.

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