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Up at the Villa (2000)

12 | | Drama, Romance | 14 April 2000 (UK)
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Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Haas

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (book), Belinda Haas (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mary Panton
Sean Penn ... Rowley Flint
Anne Bancroft ... Princess San Ferdinando
James Fox ... Sir Edgar Swift
Jeremy Davies ... Karl Richter
Derek Jacobi ... Lucky Leadbetter
Massimo Ghini Massimo Ghini ... Beppino Leopardi
Dudley Sutton ... Harold Atkinson
Lorenza Indovina Lorenza Indovina ... Nina
Roger Hammond ... Colin Mackenzie
Clive Merrison ... Archibald Grey
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Hilda Grey
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Col. Trail
Anne Ridler Anne Ridler ... Lady Trail
Ann Bell ... Beryl Bryson (as Anne Bell)
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Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the turbulent days just before World War II. Written by jojo.acapulco@gmail.com

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Danger is the ultimate attraction.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Il suffit d'une nuit See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$339,819, 7 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,927,319, 3 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The novella was first optioned back in 1940. It took 60 years to reach the screen. See more »

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When Anne Bancroft's character is reclining in the chaise lounge, the level of her drink goes from nearly full to nearly empty and back to nearly full in different shots while she is drinking it. See more »


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pretentious, but classy..... Penn very miscast
29 July 2003 | by zeulaSee all my reviews

This was a little surprise recent movie for me..... Considering, I've been watching so many newly released junk, cranking from Hollywood these days....... I mean, to the point, where I was just simply hopeless, wondering, if Hollywood was ever gonna make anymore decent, quality films, ''which made sense''...... I found ''Up At The Villa'' a consistent film, which held on to my attention..... Kristin Scott Thomas plays her role very well.... Her character was believable thru out, and her acting, natural...... Although, I kinda found this film, pretentious at times, involving upper class europeans etc...... Very typical, or maybe just the way, the movie is presented..... Sometimes, the film is too talky, especially, w/ scenes between Kristin & Sean Penn...... Sean Penn, is probably the entire film's, most miscast actor...... He seems so detached from the movie, like he dropped in from somewhere else...... He doesn't have much chemistry w/ Kristin, and their relationship, isn't believable..... It's not even about Sean's physical appearance, but the way her carries himself, and his gestures, when he talks, sounding like he's some rebellious hitman, or druglord, or ganster...... whatever..... As much as he tried to belong, I think, this is not the type of film suitable for him..... I don't even know, why he accepted it, to begin w/....... As such a reputable decent actor, playing an unconvincing role like this, just downgrade's his status......


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