A failing star is faced with a life-style change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy.
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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


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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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


In one scene, Mrs. Stone (Dame Helen Mirren) pretends to an American tourist who is dying of uterine cancer. Ironically, this is precisely the disease that killed co-star Anne Bancroft two years later. See more »


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 »


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 And then the license was revoked.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 »


Cha Cha di Amore
Written by Pierre-Jean Gidon
Published by Kosinus
Courtesy of Alan Ett Music Group
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User Reviews

Mirren was worth it.
23 September 2004 | by vvfilmsSee all my reviews

The movie was not the best and Martinez has always been a little weak in his films... (I could not except the fact that he was the the other guy to Diane Lane in "Unfaithful" over Richard Gere... I'm not gay or anything but Richard Gere is much more appealing than Martinez)... That being said... I'm 30 years old... and I hope my wife is that sexy and looks that good when she is over 60 years of age. Mirren was downright sexy and so appealing for a woman her age. I'm a huge fan of hers. God bless her and her continued sexiness. Her measurements have barely changed in over 40 years. How does she do it. Has she had plastic surgery or boob enhancements? Does anyone know any info about her?

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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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