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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

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Audrey Wells

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Frances Mayes (book), Audrey Wells (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Frances
Sandra Oh ... Patti
Lindsay Duncan ... Katherine
Raoul Bova ... Marcello
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Martini
Mario Monicelli ... Old Man with Flowers
Roberto Nobile ... Placido
Anita Zagaria Anita Zagaria ... Fiorella
Evelina Gori Evelina Gori ... Nona Cardinale
Giulia Louise Steigerwalt Giulia Louise Steigerwalt ... Chiara (as Giulia Steigerwalt)
Pawel Szajda ... Pawel
Valentine Pelka ... Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic Sasa Vulicevic ... Zbignew
Massimo Sarchielli ... Nino
Claudia Gerini ... Signora Raguzzi
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Frances Mayes is a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes an unexpected turn when her husband files for divorce. He wants to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair. Frances supported her husband financially as he was writing his own book, and he sues her for alimony despite her financial difficulties. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, Frances, while in Tuscany, impulsively ditches ... Written by Huggo

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villa | writer | book | vacation | author | See All (171) »

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The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Italy

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English | Italian | Polish | French | Spanish | German

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,751,425, 28 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,610,723, 5 February 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,878,723
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1.85 : 1
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The "German couple" which tries to buy Bramasole when the main character appears on the scene has been edited into a French couple in the German dubbing of the movie. See more »

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As Katherine speaks with Frances for the first time in front of the real estate office, the ice cream cone she is eating changes inconsistently between shots. See more »

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Patti: Think of your inner voice.
Frances: Inner voice... "What the fuck am I doing on a gay tour of Tuscany?"
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References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

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What utter rubbish
11 April 2007 | by f-moriconi2See all my reviews

I've just seen this film, and I've never laughed so much in my life! First of all I'm Italian and most importantly I live in Tuscany..... The things that happen in this film don't happen in real Italian life. Let's start: Italy is a bureaucratic nightmare, so if she(Frances) wanted to buy and live here she must wait months and months before she gets the house. In the village where she lives there are a lot of Italian stereotypes that you'll never find in Italy. In Italy, especially in small towns people speak bad Italian and mostly in dialect (even if you knew a little Italian you probably wouldn't understand)let alone speak English. The polish are quite uncommon in Italy, there are a lot of Moroccans and Albanians. Even if middle Italian beauty is higher than other countries,finding men like Raul Bova(Marcello) in the street is rare. The man that puts flowers in the vase everyday, in real life at the end of the film instead of saying hello,would have put his middle finger up ( in a rude gesture). Hardly anybody has fresco's in their home. The wedding dress the young girl wears looks as if its fifty years old. If you go in a fountain, the police would arrest you.....DON'T DO THAT IF YOU COME HERE!!!! If you ask a policeman for a lift(even if you are Naomi Campbell) he won't. In Florence hospitals you'll never find Armani or Vesace covers.

I've found a few truths as well: The old ladies usually are quite funny. The explanation that Chiara's mother gave about marriage is realistic. The young guys of Rome are like that. The man who continually says YES and OK. The explanation of Marcello about traffic lights in Campania is true. The big meals.

The good of this film is that it brings lots of tourists here.


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