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The Etruscan Smile (2018)

R | | Drama | 1 November 2019 (USA)
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Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman, travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. He moves in with his estranged son Ian, as he sees his life getting transformed through a newfound bond with his baby grandson.


Jose Luis Sampedro (based on the novel 'La Sonrisa Etrusca' by), Michael McGowan | 4 more credits »
7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cox ... Rory MacNeil
JJ Feild ... Ian
Thora Birch ... Emily
Rosanna Arquette ... Claudia
Aero Kapow Epps Aero Kapow Epps ... Jamie (as Oliver Aero Kappow Epps)
Echo Boom Epps Echo Boom Epps ... Jamie (as Elliot Echo Boom Epps)
Treat Williams ... Frank Barron
Emanuel Cohn Emanuel Cohn ... Academic Man
Peter Coyote ... Professor
Tim Matheson ... Weiss
Clive Russell ... Campbell
Josh Stamberg ... Jeff Stradlow
Sandra Santiago ... Frida
Julie Ow ... Exam Nurse
David Ashton David Ashton ... Fraser


Brian Cox is Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island for San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be unexpectedly transformed through a newly found love for his baby grandson.

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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A stunt double was used for the opening scene in which Brian Cox bathes at a Scottish beach, because the actor found the water too cold. See more »


References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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Sweet movie rises above its flaws
9 February 2020 | by maccas-56367See all my reviews

This was a sweet little movie with a lot of heart. It's that big heart and kind spirit which rises above the flaws and downfalls it has.

Brian Cox is the best part of the film. The relationship depicted with his grandson was really touching. The Scottish cultural elements and use of Gaelic were also highlights. It was one of my main reasons for watching and didn't disappoint. The film would've been better for showcasing even more Scottish scenery and less of life in America.

The majority of the film was set in San Fransisco. In this sense, the film often fell into a Scottish version of Crocodile Dundee. The fish-out-of-water and cultural barriers were played hard and a lot of the comedy relied on this. It began to get old after a while, but thankfully the performances and big heart saved it.

Despite it's dawdling pace, an annoying Thora Birch and some cliches, it's still a fantastic watch. The version I watched was called 'Rory's Way'. Well worth it to see Brian Cox at his best and some Scottish culture.

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English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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The Etruscan Smile See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,729, 10 November 2019

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2.35 : 1
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