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Under the Tuscan Sun ()


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

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Frances
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Patti
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Katherine
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Marcello
Vincent Riotta ...
Martini
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Old Man with Flowers
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Placido
Anita Zagaria ...
Fiorella
Evelina Gori ...
Nona Cardinale
Giulia Louise Steigerwalt ...
Chiara (as Giulia Steigerwalt)
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Pawel
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Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Zbignew
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Nino
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Signora Raguzzi
Laura Pestellini ...
Contessa
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Ed
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Grace
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Nasty Man
Matt Salinger ...
Colleague
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Author
Johnny Radzik ...
San Francisco Guy (as John Radzik)
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Head Mover
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Apartment Manager
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Tour Member Rodney
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David Tour Guide (as Kristoffer Winters)
Sean Kaplan ...
Seat Mate
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Gay Tourist
Giuseppe Buondonno ...
Gay Tourist
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Gay Tourist
Andrea Saran ...
Gay Tourist
Giulia Bernardini ...
Gay Tourist
Marco Fubini ...
Rome Man #1
Davide Paganini ...
Rome Man #2
Pierfilippo Macchiavelli ...
Rome Man #3
Nuccio Siano ...
Gianni
Malva Guicheney ...
Gianni's Daughter
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German Woman
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German Man
Marco Bonini ...
Dinner Guest
Salvatore Lazzaro ...
Contractor #1
Sandro Dori ...
Contractor #2
Marcello Marziali ...
Contractor #3
Domenico Gennaro ...
Marcello's Cousin
Romina Cansanella ...
Marcello's Niece
Emiliano Novelli ...
Positano Policeman
Francesca Petrucci ...
Choir Singer
Chiara Porti ...
Signor Martini's Wife
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Frances' Divorce Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Audrey Wells

Written by

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Frances Mayes ... (book "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy")
 
Audrey Wells ... (screen story)
 
Audrey Wells ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Katie DiMento ... associate producer
Laura Fattori ... executive producer
Mark Gill ... executive producer
Jon Goldman ... associate producer
Sandy Kroopf ... executive producer
Edoardo Petti ... associate producer
Tom Sternberg ... producer
Audrey Wells ... producer

Music by

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Christophe Beck

Cinematography by

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Geoffrey Simpson

Film Editing by

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Arthur Coburn
Andrew Marcus
Todd E. Miller

Editorial Department

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Pasquale Cuzzupoli ... dailies color grader
Todd E. Miller ... additional editor
Mary Beth Smith ... negative cutter
Ellen Taylor ... assistant editor
Yvonne Valdez ... first assistant editor
Paolo Verrucci ... telecine colorist dailies: Italy
Corinne Villa ... assistant editor: avid
Lee Wimer ... color timer

Casting By

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John Brace
Beatrice Kruger ... (as Béatrice Kruger)
Linda Lowy

Production Design by

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Stephen McCabe

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Franco Fumagalli ... (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Gianni Giovagnoni

Set Decoration by

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Nick Evans
Mauro Passi
Cynthia Sleiter ... (as Cinzia Sleiter)

Costume Design by

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Nicoletta Ercole

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Francesco Nardi ... makeup artist
Alessio Pompei ... hair stylist
Raffaella Ragazzi ... additional makeup dailies (2004)
Maurizio Silvi ... makeup designer
Mauro Tamagnini ... hair designer
Candy L. Walken ... hair stylist: Diane Lane

Production Management

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Manuela Cacciamani ... assistant unit manager
Brent W. Hall ... post-production supervisor (as Brent Hall)
Riccardo Neri ... unit production manager
Federico Santangelo ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alberto Mangiante ... first assistant director
Nicola Marzano ... second second assistant director
Robert J. Mooney ... second assistant director: San Francisco
Barbara Pastrovich ... second assistant director
Luigi Spoletini ... first assistant director: additional photography

Art Department

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Barbara Ancarani ... art department coordinator
Chiara Balducci ... set decoration assistant
Cristina Cecili ... painter
Cristiano Donzelli ... storyboard artist
Tommaso Dubla ... head painter
Francesco Grant ... storyboard artist
Derrick Kardos ... graphic designer
Letizia Santucci ... assistant set decorator
Jody Weisenfeld ... set decorator: San Francisco
Mark Warren ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stephen Balliet ... boom operator: San Francisco
Bob Beemer ... supervising sound mixer
Aaron Glascock ... supervising sound editor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist
Howard London ... adr mixer
Scott Millan ... re-recording mixer
Oscar Mitt ... assistant sound editor
Fred Peck III ... sound re-recordist
Kira Roessler ... sound editor
Katherine Rose ... foley artist (as Catherine Rose)
Curt Schulkey ... supervising sound editor
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Nelson Stoll ... production sound mixer: San Francisco unit
John Joseph Thomas ... foley supervisor
Marvin Walowitz ... sound editor
Clive Winter ... sound

Special Effects by

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Al Broussard ... special effects supervisor: LA reshoots
Stefano Corridori ... special effects technician
John McLeod ... special effects supervisor: San Francisco
Thomas Rasada ... special effects technician: LA reshoots

Visual Effects by

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Ozzie Carmona ... digital artist
David Emerson ... optical and digital line-up
Patrick Flanagan ... digital compositor
Mark Freund ... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Jim Gorman ... digital compositor
Bruce Harris ... digital compositor
Brad Kalinoski ... digital compositor
Bonnie Kanner ... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
Bill Kent ... visual effects supervisor
George Macri ... visual effects producer
Ray McIntyre Jr. ... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Rodney Montague ... visual effects producer
Reid Paul ... digital effects supervisor
Kevin Struckman ... CG artist: Pixel Magic
Devin Uzan ... digital compositor
Bob Wiatr ... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Joseph Francis ... animator: Pacific Title (uncredited)

Stunts

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Massimiliano Bianchi ... stunt camera-vehicle assistant
Alessandro Novelli ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Franco Biciocchi ... still photographer
Paolo Bovi ... grip
Fausto Cancellieri ... machinist
Matteo Carlesimo ... focus puller: "a" camera
Greg Davies ... gaffer: San Francisco unit
Francesco Di Giacomo ... focus puller
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci ... director of photography: second unit
Paolo Frasson ... dolly grip
Giovanni Gabriele ... electrician
John Gazdik ... first assistant: B camera, San Francisco
Luke Hock ... best boy grip: San Francisco
Todd Kuhn ... key grip: San Francisco
Massimiliano Kuveiller ... second assistant camera
John Lacy ... best boy electric: San Francisco
Emanuele Leurini ... second assistant camera: b camera
Emiliano Leurini ... focus puller: "b" camera
Gianmaria Majorana ... camera operator: "a" camera
Paul Marbury ... first assistant camera: A camera, San Francisco
Raffaele Massa ... focus puller
Michael Milella ... key grip
Johnny Radzik ... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit
Flaviano Ricci ... grip
Luca Sardini ... electrician
Jimmy Stuart ... dolly grip: San Francisco
Alberto Torrecilla ... additional first assistant camera: "c" camera
Doriano Torriero ... key grip
John Trunk ... video assist operator: San Francisco
Fabio Ciotto ... second assistant camera: additional unit (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Gary Hebert ... animator

Casting Department

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Sandy Holt ... additional special voice casting
Derek J. Marquardt ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anna Lombardi ... costume assistant
Maria De Los Angeles Parrinello ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Nicola Fedrigoni ... assistant location manager
Massimo Iacobis ... location manager
Erik Paoletti ... location manager
Gianluca Passone ... location manager
Gail Stempler ... location manager: San Francisco

Music Department

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Fernand Bos ... supervising music editor
William Boston ... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Bryan Clements ... scoring crew
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
George Doering ... musician
Chris Douridas ... music consultant
Mark Eshelman ... scoring crew
Mark Estes ... music preparation
Mark Graham ... music librarian
Jon Robert Hall ... off-camera singer
Karen Harper ... off-camera singer
Andrew Kaiser ... orchestrator
Kevin Kliesch ... orchestrator
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music
Stephen Lotwis ... music editor: temp music
Adam Michalak ... score recordist
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Casey Stone ... music scoring mixer
Pat Weber ... scoring technician
Don Welty ... music business and legal affairs

Transportation Department

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Doug Dovichi ... transportation captain
Tom Driskill ... local transportation captain: San Francisco
Edoardo Moracci ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Marco Adesso ... aerial crew and engineer
Simona Batistelli ... production coordinator
Daniela Berardi ... payroll clerk
Kate Bowe ... unit publicist
Betsy Chory ... assistant: Ms. Wells, USA
Stella D'Onofrio ... script supervisor
Lara dall'Antonia ... production secretary
Carol DePasquale ... script supervisor: San Francisco
Willy Faso ... production assistant
Alessandra Fortuna ... office production contact: Rome
Pamela B. Green ... producer: main/end titles
Gary Hebert ... title designer
Jonathan Herman ... assistant: Mr. Sternberg
Erin Kaufman ... production coordinator: Los Angeles/San Francisco
J.C. McIlwaine ... production assistant: San Francisco
Franco Penna ... production accountant
Roberto Penna ... auditor
Carla Maria Perrina ... accountant
Andrea Piria ... cashier: Italy
Michela Prodan ... head dialogue coach
Jason Reed ... production executive
Jennifer Rivieccio ... personal assistant: Ms. Wells
Jay Roberts ... accountant / post-production accountant
Alessandro Ruggeri ... assistant production coordinator
Maria Assunta Sangermano ... personal assistant: Ms. Lane
Federico Santangelo ... production assistant
Yovel Schwartz ... production assistant: San Francisco
K.L. Connie Wang ... script clearance administrator (as Connie Wang)
Ellen Wolff ... additional photography
Francesco Scopelliti ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 the tour to purchase an aged villa, which ends up being a fixer-upper. Frances has many obstacles in eking out a productive and happy life in her new surroundings, that happy life which she hopes will eventually include rediscovering romantic love. In a discussion with sympathetic real estate agent Signor Martini, Frances outlines what emotionally she wants to accomplish with the villa, despite none of those items in a substantive material sense currently being in her life. In response, Martini tells her the story of a set of railroad tracks that were laid between Vienna and Venice before an engine that could make the trek being built, a train which now regularly travels the route. The question becomes whether Frances, in going through the process, will be laying another Vienna to Venice track, and if so whether that end product emotionally will be exactly as she envisions. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sotto il sole della Toscana (Italy)
  • Sous le soleil de Toscane (France)
  • Unter der Sonne der Toskana (Germany)
  • Bajo el sol de la Toscana (Spain)
  • Bajo el sol de Toscana (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,751,425, 28 Sep 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $58,878,723

Did You Know?

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Trivia The elderly owner of Bramasole, grateful for a sign that Frances is the "right" buyer, cries out, "Grazie, Santo Francesco!" when a bird defecates on Frances' head. "Santo Francesco" is Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. See more »
Goofs Before Francesca first kisses Marcello on the beach, a light sheet is visible reflected in her sunglasses. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) See more »
Quotes Frances: Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn't actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you've promised to cherish till death do you part says "I never loved you," it should kill you instantly. You shouldn't have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn't know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just makes you so stupid.
Martini: No, it's not stupid, Signora Mayes. L'amore e cieco.
Frances: Oh, love is blind. Yeah, we have that saying too.
Martini: Everybody has that saying because it's true everywhere.
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