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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)

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A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Karen Stone
Olivier Martinez ... Paolo di Lio
Anne Bancroft ... Contessa
Rodrigo Santoro ... Young Man
Brian Dennehy ... Tom Stone
Roger Allam ... Christopher
Victor Alfieri ... Lorenzo
Suzanne Bertish ... Julia
Jane Bertish Jane Bertish ... Karen's Secretary
Tara Lynne O'Neill Tara Lynne O'Neill ... Angel Hunter
Salvatore Lazzaro Salvatore Lazzaro ... Barber
Sara James Sara James ... Hairdresser
Riccardo Sardonè Riccardo Sardonè ... Marco (as Riccardo Sadroné)
Dona Granata Dona Granata ... Mama Pepisco
Aldo Signoretti Aldo Signoretti ... Papa Pepisco
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A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by an aging contessa. Each contact spirals further out of control until she becomes obsessed with one young man, who initially treats her well, but then with disdain. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In one scene, Mrs. Stone (Dame Helen Mirren) pretends to an American tourist who is dying of uterine cancer. Ironically, this is precisely the disease that killed co-star Anne Bancroft two years later. See more »

Goofs

When Paolo takes off his shirt in the car, the blue tattoo on his chest shows through the makeup intended to conceal it. See more »

Quotes

Karen Stone: You know, Americans aren't as romantic as their motion pictures.
Contessa: [after Mrs. Stone has walked on, not able to hear Contessa's reply] What a pity they aren't.
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Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sotto i Raggi della Luna
Written by Pete Surdeval
Performed by Isela Sotelo
Arranged by Renato Confalonieri
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
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Boy Toys for the rich, horny, and bored
2 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A couple of Oscar winning Best Actresses star in this Showtime version of the Tennessee Williams novella The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone. Unlike in the big screen film, Tennessee Williams himself is in the story played under a pseudonym as an acid tongued southern fried playwright viper by Roger Allam. We all need a gay confidante in the line of work Anne Bancroft is in, supplying boy toys for the rich, horny and bored. Unlike the 1963 version, it is clear she caters to the male as well as the female.

One of those is Helen Mirren taking over the part done so well in 1963 by Vivien Leigh whose own life was tragically close to character Karen Stone. Mirren after a happy marriage that has seen a wane in the carnal embarks on a new quest for that after the death of husband Brian Dennehy. It's how she ends up with Olivier Martinez, a callow and spoiled youth who wants his women to treat him in a lifestyle he's gotten used to.

Having just seen Behind The Candelabra which is another story about an unequal sexual relationship in terms of power, it's given me a fresh insight into The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone. Even the best of gigolos should have a day job to fall back on.

Just as in the original the ending with the ever present and silent young street kid played by Rodrigo Santoro proves to Mirren that she can get what really wants without as much maintenance charge.


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Release Date:

4 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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