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Roseanna's Grave (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 18 June 1997 (USA)
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Roseanna is dying of a heart condition, and all she wants is to be buried next to her daughter, in a cemetery that is getting full fast. The cemetery can't expand because Capestro, the man ... See full summary »


Paul Weiland


Saul Turteltaub





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Marcello
Mercedes Ruehl ... Roseanna
Polly Walker ... Cecilia
Mark Frankel Mark Frankel ... Antonio
Luigi Diberti ... Capestro
Roberto Della Casa Roberto Della Casa ... Rossi
Giovanni Pallavicino Giovanni Pallavicino ... Enzo
Jorge Krimer Jorge Krimer ... Salvatore
Romano Ghini Romano Ghini ... Umberto
Giuseppe Cederna ... Father Bramilla
Daniele Ferretti Daniele Ferretti ... Nunzio
Renato Scarpa ... Doctor
Trevor Peacock ... Iaccoponi
George Rossi ... Sgt. Baggio
Paul Muller ... Pavone


Roseanna is dying of a heart condition, and all she wants is to be buried next to her daughter, in a cemetery that is getting full fast. The cemetery can't expand because Capestro, the man who owns the land next to the cemetery, won't sell. While Marcello is doing good deeds to make sure no one dies, Roseanna thinks of Marcello's future. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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A romantic comedy about the things we do for love. See more »


Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Game of Thrones star, Peter Dinklage is shown briefly in the opening scene, the burial of a circus performer. He is in make up and a member of the circus. See more »


Roseanna: Is the Mayor of New York still Italian?
Marcello: Why would anybody want to stop being Italian?
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Featured in The Movie Show: Episode dated 31 August 1997 (1997) See more »

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A superb, classy, tragic comedy
21 May 2006 | by gary-444See all my reviews

This film is one of those wonderful hidden gems that restore your faith in both film making and storytelling.The opening premise is that a mans'wife is soon to die from an incurable disease and that her last wish is to be buried in the village church graveyard. Unfortunately there is just one plot left!

Naturally there are a number of other villagers even closer to deaths' door.The husband, Marcello,is brilliantly played by Jean Reno. He delivers a virtuoso performance which carries the film dashing around saving the lives of other villagers in order that his wife can secure the last plot! Part romantic comedy, part farce, part love story, part tragedy, this superbly crafted tale had me laughing and holding back a tear in equal measure.

The farce scenes rival Feydeau at his best in the likes of 'Hotel Paradiso', slapstick with style. Yet Reno as Marcelo, ably assisted by his comic "sraight" partner, Mercedes Ruehl as his wife Roseanna, also produces a pathos for the tragic circumstances which underscore his credentials as a very fine actor.Unmissable. A real treat.

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Release Date:

18 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Anzio, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,580, 22 June 1997

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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