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My House in Umbria (2003)

TV-14 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | TV Movie 25 May 2003
An unlikely group of people find solace and friendship after being thrown together in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writers:

William Trevor (novel), Hugh Whitemore (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Mrs. Delahunty
Ronnie Barker ... General
Chris Cooper ... Thomas Riversmith
Benno Fürmann ... Werner
Giancarlo Giannini ... Inspector Girotti
Timothy Spall ... Quinty
Libero De Rienzo ... Doctor Innocenti
Emmy Clarke ... Aimee
Cecilia Dazzi Cecilia Dazzi ... Rosa Crevelli
Anna Longhi Anna Longhi ... Signora Barcini
Deirdre Harrison Deirdre Harrison ... Phyllis
Silvia De Santis Silvia De Santis ... Madeleine
Alison Cameron Adam Alison Cameron Adam ... General's Daughter (as Alison Adam)
Lynn Swanson ... Francine Riversmith
Taddeo Harbutt Taddeo Harbutt ... Young General
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Storyline

After surviving a gruesome terrorist attack on an Italian train line, romance novelist Emily Delahunty opens up her home and solitary life to a trio of stranded survivors. She soon forms friendships with each, but develops a special attachment to the young orphan Aimee. So when Aimee's distant uncle arrives to retrieve the girl, Emily strives to convince the cold, mourning man that Umbria is Aimee's rightful home. Written by Jwelch5742

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Release Date:

25 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi casa en Umbria See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,324,900
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Maggie Smith's car is an Alfa Romeo 6C-2500, produced between 1947 and 1953. It is a five-seat touring car popular with affluent postwar customers interested in a sporty yet comfortable vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Delahunty: In the garden, delphiniums were in flower. Through scented twilight, the girl in the white dress walked with a step as light as a morning cobweb. That evening she hadn't a care in the world.
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Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

September Song
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Sung by Andy Williams
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Gentle as the Umbrian countryside
23 February 2006 | by sheenajackieSee all my reviews

This film would immediately appeal to anyone addicted to Maggie Smith and the idyllic Italian countryside of Umbria, but it has unexpected delights to offer in its unassuming, almost art-house, flavour, and the low-key, but affecting, performances of excellent actors Timothy Spall and Ronnie Barker. Chris Cooper is rather wooden, but his academic, unemotional character casts a strong contrast to the hapless vagaries of Maggie Smith's Emily Delahuntey, and therefore works well.

Suspension of disbelief is required for the over-imaginative plot, almost out of one of Emily's romance novels. But the pleasure of such a film is simple, and simple pleasures can entertain as much as the richer, more complex enjoyment of films it might be compared with such as 'Tea With Mussolini' (which, of course, is a much fuller film in terms of plot, characters, script, and drama). 'Enchanted April' also comes to mind as another film where the Italian countryside is almost a character of the film and much more than a backdrop.

A very pleasant interlude for a winter's afternoon, or Spring evening, and Maggie Smith is as mannered and original as ever. I especially loved her flowing clothes, which suited her and her character very well.


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