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Up at the Villa (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 2000 (USA)
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A widow finds choosing a new husband might not be her choice at all, as the actions of her various prospects confine her freedom.

Director:

Philip Haas

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (book), Belinda Haas (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mary Panton
Sean Penn ... Rowley Flint
Anne Bancroft ... Princess San Ferdinando
James Fox ... Sir Edgar Swift
Jeremy Davies ... Karl Richter
Derek Jacobi ... Lucky Leadbetter
Massimo Ghini ... Beppino Leopardi
Dudley Sutton ... Harold Atkinson
Lorenza Indovina Lorenza Indovina ... Nina
Roger Hammond ... Colin Mackenzie
Clive Merrison ... Archibald Grey
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Hilda Grey
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Col. Trail
Anne Ridler Anne Ridler ... Lady Trail
Ann Bell ... Beryl Bryson (as Anne Bell)
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Storyline

Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the turbulent days just before World War II. Written by jojo.acapulco@gmail.com

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Danger is the ultimate attraction.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il suffit d'une nuit See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$339,819, 7 May 2000

Gross USA:

$2,933,161

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,740,113
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the late 1950s, Lana Turner was offered the lead role in a proposed adaptation of the novel. But after the killing of her lover, Johnny Stompanato, at the hands of her teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane, Turner's casting, and eventually the movie, did not come to fruition. See more »

Goofs

When Anne Bancroft's character is reclining in the chaise lounge, the level of her drink goes from nearly full to nearly empty and back to nearly full in different shots while she is drinking it. See more »

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Referenced in Possible Loves (2001) See more »

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Schatz-Walzer
Composzed by Johann Strauss
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Say it ain't so Sean
6 July 2001 | by the_dennis_kingSee all my reviews

I thought I was going to really enjoy this movie. Sean Penn is one of the finest actors in Hollywood today. He was absolutely brilliant in Dead Man Walking and Carlito's Way, to name just two. Kristen Scott Thomas is always very good. This movie also has an excellent supporting cast (Jacobi's 'I Claudius' still rates as the best performance I've ever seen on PBS). And I have enjoyed almost every movie I've seen dealing with pre-WWII fascist Italy.

But not this one.

To my surprise, this movie seemed to meander from scene to scene. The acting was uninspired and and the emotions did not seem genuine. I was never absorbed into the film and was constantly aware that Penn and Thomas were acting. And Penn seemed completely flat. At times, his low and garbled voice was a bit hard to understand, but I didn't rewind the video to hear what I missed as I just wanted to get on to a more interesting part... which never came. Perhaps this role was beyond Penn. Perhaps he just mailed it in. In any case, I was quite disappointed with this movie.


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