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Up at the Villa (2000)

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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 ... See full summary »

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 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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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.

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Drama | Romance

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,927,319, 3 September 2000
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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 film itself, did not come to fruition. See more »

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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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Schatz-Walzer
Composzed by Johann Strauss
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Beautiful but.... empty
16 May 2005 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Beautiful photography and atmospherics capture Florence and environs. Technically very well-made and expensive-looking production.

Kristin Scott Thomas is perfect for the role and gives a terrific performance. The other cast members just seem to be giving their "standard" performance (Bancroft's standard mature woman routine that no one does better but she has done it since "The Hindenburg"). Ditto James Fox and the others.

The late William Holden could not have accomplished what Sean Penn did in "Mystic River", for which Penn gained a well deserved Oscar award. Conversely, Penn cannot play the Holden-type role in "Up at the Villa". Bad case of miscasting with flat results by Penn. No chemistry with Kristin Scott Thomas at all.

How can you make a dull, uninspiring film in an exotic setting with great actors in a highly charged brink-of-war scenario? SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE BUT THE FILMMAKER HERE HAS DONE IT!


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