Illuminata (1999)



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An ambitious, restless writer, Tuccio is the resident playwright of a struggling New York City repertory company, who has written a new play for Rachel, the woman he loves and the theater's company manager. When Tuccio stages his new work, "Illuminata," the resident critic Bevalaqua savages the play, but becomes infatuated with a handsome cast member, Marco, who agrees to a private meeting with the critic, hoping to sway Bevalaqua to print a good review. Meanwhile, a celebrated, but aging theatrical diva, Celimene, much impressed with "Illuminata," takes a scheming professional and personal interest in Tuccio, offering him the chance for international fame as her personal playwright (and kept lover). Will the show go on? Will Tuccio betray his true love for the chance of wealth and celebrity? How will the reviews read? The difficulty of love enduring over time is the central theme of the farcical "Illuminata."
Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By: John Turturro
Written By: John Turturro , Brandon Cole
In Theaters: wide
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Rufus Sewell
as Dominique
Beverly D'Angelo
as Astergourd
Leo Bassi
as Beppo
Donal McCann
as Pallenchio
Jeremy Knaster
as Military Policeman
Joa Paparone
as Grand Inquisitor
Richard Termini
as Gypsy Musician
David Thornton
as Orlandini
Amedeo Turturro
as Boy No. 1
Fernando Bolles
as Boy No. 2
David Cale
as Journalist
Kenny Cranna
as Scruffy Man
Timothy Doyle
as Aristocrat No. 1
William Preston Robertson
as Old Toothless Man
Suzanne Shepherd
as Marco's Mother
Richard Spore
as Stagehand
June Stein
as Angry Woman
Henry Stram
as Captain
Kohl Sudduth
as Concubine No. 1
Arjun Bhasin
as Concubine No. 2
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Clearly a labor of love, this sophomore effort from Turturro (a better actor than helmer), about fables and foibles of a tightly knit acting troup at turn of the century New York, is structurally messy and unevenly acted; a step fown from his debut Mac

Full Review… | December 12, 2006
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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Illuminata

Amazing directing from Turturro and amazing cast (especially Christopher Walken)!

Linda K. T.
Linda K. T.

A very cute, funny, sad, and heartwarming film. I love John Turturro...he is hilarious and a wonderful actor. His vision of the theatre is great and I have a feeling that's what it is like behind the scenes of a theatre company.

Lauren Kemerer
Lauren Kemerer

Tuturo is amazing no matter what he does~this movie is just my style... Great story line and interaction of characters

Melissa Arenz-Sorensen
Melissa Arenz-Sorensen

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