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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)

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A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Karen Stone
Olivier Martinez ... Paolo di Lio
Anne Bancroft ... Contessa
Rodrigo Santoro ... Young Man
Brian Dennehy ... Tom Stone
Roger Allam ... Christopher
Victor Alfieri ... Lorenzo
Suzanne Bertish ... Julia
Jane Bertish Jane Bertish ... Karen's Secretary
Tara Lynne O'Neill Tara Lynne O'Neill ... Angel Hunter
Salvatore Lazzaro Salvatore Lazzaro ... Barber
Sara James Sara James ... Hairdresser
Riccardo Sardonè Riccardo Sardonè ... Marco (as Riccardo Sadroné)
Dona Granata Dona Granata ... Mama Pepisco
Aldo Signoretti Aldo Signoretti ... Papa Pepisco
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Storyline

A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by an aging contessa. Each contact spirals further out of control until she becomes obsessed with one young man, who initially treats her well, but then with disdain. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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USA | Ireland

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English | Italian

Release Date:

4 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Anne Bancroft's last live action film. See more »

Goofs

When Paolo takes off his shirt in the car, the blue tattoo on his chest shows through the makeup intended to conceal it. See more »

Quotes

Karen Stone: Beauty is a world of its own. It has a godly license. I know it only too well, I possessed it once. And then the license was revoked.
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Version of The Drift (1989) See more »

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Oi Mari
Written by Nicola Salerno (uncredited) and Cosimo Di Ceglie (as Cosimo de Ceglie)
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Prefer the 1961 version
10 September 2004 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

Since the other users have provided details, ad nauseam, I will only say that Mirren seems to be channeling Vivien Leigh at times, especially in the last half. Many mannerisms are nearly identical to Leigh's actions in the 1961 studio version.

Also, strangely enough, I prefer the sound stage artifice of the 1960s. This cable movie was actually filmed on location, but in muted, boring colors. The 1961 feature has the wonderful Technicolor hues.

I found the actor portraying The Young Man/stalker to be far more sexy than Martinez's Paolo, even though he eats food off the ground, urinates in public, hacks up phlegm and never speaks.

Bancroft is fine, although I would have loved to have seen Sophia Loren take a stab at it.

And will you cable movie directors STOP overusing the "atmospheric" smoke machines?!! It looks like your entire film crew was smoking cigarettes during the interior scenes.


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