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Shadows in the Sun (2005)

The Shadow Dancer (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 November 2005 (USA)
An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Weldon
Joshua Jackson ... Jeremy
Claire Forlani ... Isabella
Giancarlo Giannini ... Father Moretti
John Rhys-Davies ... Mr. Andrew Benton
Armando Pucci ... Gustavo
Valéria Cavalli ... Amalia
Silvia De Santis Silvia De Santis ... Dinnie
Bianca Guaccero ... Maura
Ken Drury ... McBain
Anna Lelio Anna Lelio ... Elderly Woman
Bernardino Mili Bernardino Mili ... Postman
Leiva Nanzi Leiva Nanzi ... Woman Singer
Stomy Bugsy ... Emanuele
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Alberto Carina
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An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.

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In life, each man must find his own path.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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UK | France | Italy

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English | Italian

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13 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Shadows in the Sun See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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None of the main 3 actors are of the nationality they play. Harvey Keitel plays an Italian. He was born in Brooklyn, NY. Claire Forlani also plays an Italian. She was born in England. Joshua Jackson plays a Briton. He was born in Canada. See more »

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[first lines]
Jeremy Taylor: You wanted to see me, sir?
Mr. Benton: You read The Times this morning?
Mr. Benton: Avershays Press announced a deal with Irving Gattinger.
Jeremy Taylor: Gattinger said that he was done with writing.
Mr. Benton: Yes. He hasn't written a book in 10 years.
Jeremy Taylor: It's a brilliant move. Based on name recognition alone, it'll be an instant bestseller.
Mr. Benton: Yes. What do you think about Weldon Parish?
Jeremy Taylor: Parish is one of my personal favorites. Why, are you thinking of signing him? The man hasn't written anything in 20 years.
Mr. Benton: All the more reason.
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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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It's now or never
Written by Aaron Schröder, Wally Gold (uncredited) and Eduardo Di Capua (uncredited)
Performed by Paul Ansell
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Without exaggeration, one of the worst movies I've ever seen
30 July 2006 | by vrtu050See all my reviews

I am astonished that this woeful movie garnered an average score of 6.7 out of 10 on IMDb...!

For a movie about writers and writing, the script is particularly predictable and turgid. I am not sure what was worse - the relentless inevitability of the completely obvious happy ending, or the clichéd romantic subplot.

Keitel was clearly enjoying his holiday in Tuscany a little too much, with a performance that was at best, 'very relaxed'. Joshua Jackson, however, sounded like he was reading the script for the first time. And as for Claire Forlani ... "look, mum, I'm not just pretty, I'm ACTING!"

If you're ever forced to watch this movie, turn the sound down. That way you can enjoy the movie's only asset - its Tuscan setting - without needing to hear Keitel's character, allegedly a grand master of literature, reciting prose so clumsy it would have earned a creative writing sophomore a 'D' on their term paper.


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