Up at the Villa (2000)
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as Mary Panton
as Rowley Flint
as Princess San Ferdinando
as Sir Edgar Swift
as Karl Richter
as Lucky Leadbetter
as Beppino Leopardi
as Harold Atkinson
as Colin MacKenzie
as Archibald Grey
as Hilda Grey
as Colonel Trail
as Lady Trail
as Beryl Bryson
as Lulu Good
as Isa Mackenzie
Critic Reviews for Up at the Villa
IF Keenan Ivory Wayans had directed this movie, it would have probably been called Up at the Villa, the English Patient on the Razor's Edge wrote The Letter. It also would have probably been a lot more entertaining than this wan adaptation.
The story line, full of malevolent fascists and romantic entanglements, isn't particularly invigorating.
For novelty value, you can do worse than seeing Sean Penn in a rare chance to don evening-wear on screen, but this isn't a sight to sustain a two-hour haul.
The question is, why should audiences care? Apart from some beautiful scenic photography, this film gives them little reason to.
Up at the Villa is just lots of silly intrigue.
Audience Reviews for Up at the Villa
I miss watching decent periodic films, with beautiful scenic spots & solid-acting cast. Although this one was not really good already, looking rather old fashioned by looking back today.
I had almost forgotten how dashing Sean Penn used to be quite a few years ago. The combination of Kristin Scott Thomas, and Sean Penn, is quite good in this nice little period drama. Slow moving...but nice.
I think this movie would have worked better if there had been some real chemistry between Sean Penn and Kristin Scott Thomas, but there was none, and it's not the sort of thing you can force, but the lack of made the movie and fantastic cast all fall flat. Too bad.
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