DVD 113 mins IMDB 6.7 (5,730 votes)
Under the Tuscan Sun
Touchstone Pictures (2003)
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(2003 )
Comedy, Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

Diane Lane Frances
Sandra Oh Patti
Lindsay Duncan Katherine
Raoul Bova Marcello
Vincent Riotta Martini
Mario Monicelli Old Man with Flowers
Roberto Nobile Placido
Anita Zagaria Fiorella
Evelina Gori Nona Cardinale
Giulia Steigerwalt Chiara
Pawel Szajda Pawel
Kristoffer Ryan Winters David
Kate Walsh Jerzy
Dan Bucatinsky Rodney
Valentine Pelka Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic Zbignew
Massimo Sarchielli Nino
Claudia Gerini Signora Raguzzi

Director Audrey Wells
Producer Tom Sternberg; Audrey Wells
Writer Frances Mayes; Audrey Wells
Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson
Musician Christophe Beck
User Credit 1 Arthur Coburn; Andrew Marcus; Todd E. Miller
User Credit 2 Nicoletta Ercole

A woman starts her life over with a new home in a new land in this romantic comedy drama . Frances (Diane Lane) is a writer in her mid-'30s who feels emotionally derailed after her divorce. Unhappy and unable to write, she isn't sure what to do with her life, and her best friend Patti (Sandra Oh) decides she needs some time away from her problems. With that in mind, Patti gives Frances a ticket for a two-week tour of the Tuscany region of Italy; while there, Frances finds a dilapidated old villa. Charmed by the warmth, beauty, and charm of the small town of Cortona, Frances impulsively decides to buy the villa, thinking she can fix it up herself. The home proves to be more of a handyman's special than she imagined, but as she slowly gets the hang of household maintenance, Italian style, Frances develops a new confidence as she makes friends with her neighbors and finds love with a handsome local named Marcello (Raoul Bova). Under the Tuscan Sun is loosely adapted from the memoir by Frances Mayes, who (unlike the leading character of the film) remained happily married during her sojourn in Tuscany. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936238679
Region Region 1
Release Date 11/3/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Sexual content and language.
User Text 2 Life offers you a thousand chances ... all you have to do is take one.
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Trivia: Every time a group of nuns is seen on screen, they are eating: first at the market, then sitting on a terrace and finally during the wedding. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Frances first reaches Tuscany, we see a shot of sunflowers with the bus traveling in the background, followed by a shot of the bus alone. These two shots are impossible - in the first shot, the sun would need to be on the right of the bus, as that is the direction the sunflowers face. In the second shot, we can clearly see the bus' shadow on the right, meaning the sun is on the left. (more)

Patti: Frances bought a house in Tuscany! And you're going to live there alone?
Frances: Well, I'm not there alone. I'm there with bugs.
Patti: Ew.

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations (more)