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Under the Tuscan Sun (Full Screen Edition)
Under the Tuscan Sun
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Vincent Riotta
Director: Audrey Wells
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2004     1hr 53min

From the studio that brought you SWEET HOME ALABAMA comes the extraordinary romantic comedy starring Academy Award(R) nominee Diane Lane (2002 Best Actress, UNFAITHFUL). Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, UN...  more »

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Actors: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Vincent Riotta
Director: Audrey Wells
Creators: Audrey Wells, Edoardo Petti, Jon Goldman, Katie DiMento, Laura Fattori, Frances Mayes
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2004
Original Release Date: 09/26/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 09/26/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 13
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 5/1/2022...
This is a guilty pleasure of mine for sure. I find myself watching it when it comes on television, which it seems to magically appear on cable several times a year.

I attempted to read the source novel the film is based on and here's a warning as others have pointed out: the book is absolutely nothing like the film. This isn't even a question of taking artistic license; the film is almost a prequel to the book. They chose to start the film at the time the Diane Lane character was divorcing whereas the book took place much later. And we, the viewer, are much better for it. I found the book to be dry and nearly unreadable (I gave up after a few chapters) but I loved this film. Kudos to the screenwriters for seeing the real story.

The lovely and luminous Diane Lane embraced this role with aplomb, and the supporting cast of Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan and the sweet actors who portrayed Frances' rag-tag team of villa renovators, raise the level of this sweet story of new chances, taking chances, friendship and family.

"Never lose your childish innocence. It is the most important thing." Indeed.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
This movie was written so well. It's in my library. Great romantic movie.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Martha K. from CATONSVILLE, MD
Reviewed on 11/6/2012...
This movie will make you fall in love with Italy. Its an amazing story of rebirth and happiness.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mindy A. from PINEHURST, TX
Reviewed on 9/27/2012...
Love Diane Lane. This is a feel good movie and a love story. The best kind.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The best chick flick in a long time!
Meg Lightbown | Caribou, Maine | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am peturbed that Amazon would spotlight two bad reviews. This was an awesome movie that kept me watching it from beginning to end. I haven't read the book, but after watching that movie, I do intend to. It's amazing how uplifting this spirited movie was. Diane Lane was supurb without coming across as trying too much. We never get to see her husband "Tom" who screwed her over royally in the divorce, which I think was a good decision. The movie stays in the present looking ahead to the future with a sense of hope and promise. Pick up this movie for an excellent movie night - even if you're not a chick!"
Loved and Beloved by All
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 09/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What starts out as an Italian "Money Pit" with all the attendant broken pipes, crumbling walls and incompetent handymen makes a turn for the better about a third of the way through: a more emotionally centered and revealing movie,"Under the Tuscan Sun."
The luminescent Diane Lane stars as Frances, an intelligent, loving women with close and committed friends who finds herself in a situation that many people do: with a mate who has fallen out of love, wants a divorce as well as possession of a much loved and painstakingly renovated house, this one in San Francisco. After the divorce Frances goes to Tuscany on a lark, falls in love with a villa there, buys it and proceeds to renovate it. The villa then is the physical manifestation of the shedding of her old life and marriage and the hope for the renovation and rehabilitation of her love life as well as her life in general.
That she probably places too much faith in the physical to solve the emotional does not detract at all from the guts and hope that it takes to do so. And Lane is so psychically centered and open as Frances that you cannot help but be moved by her situation.
There are some silly plot lines and performances that I wish weren't, but with a central performance as attractive and genuinely loving and feminine as Lane's, "Under The Tuscan Sun" is as warm and inviting as bread just out of the oven."
Misses the Mark
Hikin Den | California | 09/29/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Bottom Line: If you loved or even liked the book, this movie will most likely be a great disappointment to you! As another reviewer rightly assessed, obviously the screenwriter could not make enough of the book as it stood (no fault of the book) and therefore made liberal changes of great magnitude to the point where the two have little more in common than a villa in Tuscany. The film does not capture the spirit of the book, which is that Frances and her best friend Ed are so comfortable in their mutual love and lives together that their joie de vivre naturally extends to the villa, transforming it from a shambles to a beautiful piece of antiquity, as well as to their new surroundings in Italy (the town and people of Cortona). To their great joy and surprise, Italy embraces them as well. The book has nothing to do with the Diane Lane character, who spends most of the film looking for love in the wrong places (or crying over love lost due to poor choices), while restoration of the villa and discovery of her new surroundings become a dim backdrop to her own shallow escapades and the problems of her girlfriend (both figments of the screenwriter's imagination). What a shame that such a beautifully written book got lost in this poorly written and acted film."