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Disheartened by suggestions that she is too old to for her role in a play, 50-year-old actress Karen Stone (Vivien Leigh) travels to Rome. After her husband dies on the plane, Karen rents an apartment and meets a conniving countess (Lotte Lenya) who introduces her to Paolo (Warren Beatty), a young Italian gigolo. Karen and Paolo begin a steamy affair, but the countess insists on paying for Paolo's services and ensures that the romance will not last long.

Cast & Crew

Vivien Leigh
Karen Stone
Warren Beatty
Paolo di Leo
Lotte Lenya
Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Jill St. John
Barbara Bingham
Stella Bonheur
Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Peter Dyneley
Lloyd Greener
Carl Jaffe
Baron Waldheim
Violet Keats
Julia McIlheny
Elspeth March
Mrs. Barrow
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Critic Reviews for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

All Critics (5) | Rotten (5)

  • Not all the women who sleep with men young enough to be their sons die foi their sins, but most of them live to wish they had.

    September 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The disappointing pic is right in Vivian Leigh's wheel-house, as she inhabits her aging and fading beauty character to the fullest and gives a superb performance.

    April 19, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • As the aging actress, Vivien Leigh is good but Warren Beatty is miscast as the gigolo in this weak screen adaptation of Tennessee William's novella.

    June 17, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The tagline says that they called it love and it was for sale, to which the appropriate response is that one hopes they kept the receipt.

    June 20, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The prose is so purple and the tone so overripe that ... what wants to be mature, sensual romance-novel boilerplate becomes instead a plodding exercise in intriguingly cast camp.

    May 14, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Not all the women who sleep with men young enough to be their sons die foi their sins, but most of them live to wish they had.

    September 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The disappointing pic is right in Vivian Leigh's wheel-house, as she inhabits her aging and fading beauty character to the fullest and gives a superb performance.

    April 19, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • As the aging actress, Vivien Leigh is good but Warren Beatty is miscast as the gigolo in this weak screen adaptation of Tennessee William's novella.

    June 17, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The tagline says that they called it love and it was for sale, to which the appropriate response is that one hopes they kept the receipt.

    June 20, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The prose is so purple and the tone so overripe that ... what wants to be mature, sensual romance-novel boilerplate becomes instead a plodding exercise in intriguingly cast camp.

    May 14, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

  • Feb 26, 2017
    Very nearly a comedy in the same vein as Reefer Madness, this cautionary tale told to keep older women from even considering younger men is exaggerated to the point of rue. Warren Bratty interestingly plays an Italian so vain I bet he thinks this song is about him. Pass it by unless you could use some sad in your life
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    A very real side of Roman life is shown in this film ~ love for sale. In the train station or on the beaches of Ostia, the ragazzi barter with male or female for cash. Young men parade themselves in hopes of bedding old, wealthy, foreign woman. Vivien Leigh is haunting in Williams' treatise on withering beauty, aging and diminishing chances for love. While Beatty's looks fit the part of a gigolo, he is unbelievable as an Italian, an unfortunate miscast. Leigh's abandonment brings the film to a chilling conclusion.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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