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Where Angels Fear to Tread Details

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A wealthy, upper-class British widow marries a much younger Italian man with disastrous results in this turn-of-the-century costume drama based on the E.M. Forster novel. After marrying into a wealthy family and then losing her husband, middle-aged Lilia Herriton (Helen Mirren) suffers under the disapproving yoke of her haughty mother-in-law (Barbara Jefford). At the suggestion of family friend Caroline Abbott (Helena Bonham Carter), Lilia leaves her young daughter and in-laws for a holiday in Italy, where she falls in love with the penniless but handsome Gino Carella (Giovanni Guidelli). When she announces her plans to marry Gino, the family dispatches her brother-in-law, Philip (Rupert Graves), to prevent the union. But the alternately caddish and thoughtful Philip fails in his mission. Gino proves to be as charming to other women as he is to his wife, but he's genuinely bereaved when she dies in childbirth. Soon, Philip and his high-strung sister, Harriet (Judy Davis), arrive in Tuscany in an attempt to spirit away Lilia's son. But the principled Caroline turns up, determined to stop them, setting the stage for unexpected realizations and unforeseeable tragedy. Where Angels Fear to Tread reunites Bonham Carter and Graves, who co-starred in the previous E.M. Forster adaptation, Graves. Each actor also starred in other Forster films: Bonham Carter in Forster and Graves in Forster. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:February 28, 1992

Cast

Helena Bonham Carter
as Caroline Abbott
Judy Davis
as Harriet Herriton
Rupert Graves
as Philip Herriton
Giovanni Guidelli
as Gino Carella
Barbara Jefford
as Mrs. Herriton
Helen Mirren
as Lilia Herriton
Thomas Wheatley
as Mr. Kingcroft
Sophie Kullman
as Irma
Vass Anderson
as Mr. Abbott
Sylvia Barter
as Mrs. Theobald
Joyce Gallie
Clementina Sguerri
as Hotel Maid
Eileen Davies
as Ethel
Siria Betti
as Hotel-Keeper
Anna Lelio
as Perfetta
Luca Lazzareschi
as Spiridione
Sergio Falasca
as Carriage Driver
Evelina Meghangi
as Opera Singer
Gaetano Piro
as Hooded Man
Tullio Baccellini
as Postman
Lea Burroni
as Hotel Maid
Charlie Pinsent
as Girl in Cafe
Alessandro Casini
as Gino's Baby
Sergio Falasca
as Carriage Driver
Clementina Sguerri
as Hotel Maid
Charlie Pinsent
as Girl in Cafe
Siria Betti
as Hotel-Keeper
Lea Burroni
as Hotel Maid
Gaetano Piro
as Hooded Man
Tullio Baccellini
as Postman
Evelina Meghangi
as Opera Singer
Anna Lelio
as Perfetta
Eileen Davies
as Ethel
Luca Lazzareschi
as Spiridione

Crew

Charles Sturridge
Director
Derek Granger
Producer
Geoffrey Taylor
Producer
Nick Elliott
Producer
Jeffrey Taylor
Producer
Tim Sullivan
Screenwriter
Derek Granger
Screenwriter
Charles Sturridge
Screenwriter
Michael Coulter
Cinematographer
Vincenzo Bellini
Featured Music
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Gaetano Donizetti
Featured Music
Peter Coulson
Editor
Simon Holland
Production Designer
Walter Massi
Production Designer
Marianne Ford
Art Director
Giovanna Romagnoli
Co-producer
Olivia Stewart
Associate Producer
Jeffrey Taylor
Executive Producer
Monica Howe
Costume Designer
Roberto Brega
Camera Operator
Jeremy Gee
Camera Operator
Walter Massi
Production Manager
Joyce Gallie
Casting
Hugh Strain
Sound Mixer
Rita Forzano
Casting
Chris Plevin
Focus Puller
Sabina Segatori
Set Dresser
Robert Fabbri
Second Assistant Director
Mary Holdsworth
Script Supervisor
Rizia Ortolani
Production Coordinator
Peter Sutton
Sound Recordist
Andrea Borella
Unit Production Manager
Andrea Borella
Location Manager
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