A charming tale of four women who find Romance, hope and, ultimately, liberation during a month's holiday in an Italian villa overlooking the sea. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Joan Plowright.
Mike Newell - British Director
Miranda Richardson - British actress
Joan Plowright - British Actress, ENCHANTED APRIL
Alfred Molina - British actor SPIDER-MAN 2
Polly Walker - British Actress
Jim Broadbent - British actor
James Broadbent - British actor
Michael Kitchen - British Actor
Josie Lawrence - British Actress
Two middle-class English women take a month's vacation in Italy to escape their boring lives and inattentive husbands and rediscover love. There, they share rooms with a widow and society belle.
Filmed in Italy and the UK. Original running time was 101 minutes, instead of the video's 93 minutes. Screened at London Film Festival, November 6, 1991. An American version of "Enchanted April" was released in March of 1935. It was adapted by Samuel Hoffman and Ray Harris from a radio dramatization by Kane Campbell, which in turn was adapted from the novel by "Elizabeth." The film was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Ann Harding, Frank Morgan, Katherine Alexander, and Reginald Owen. Variety characterized the film as "Very British in background and proceeding at all times with a lifted eyebrow, picture is little too snooty... the comedy... has a distinct flavor of sophistication, but had it been grounded in a weightier story, it would have gone leagues towards putting the plot over. The plot... cries for situations, dramatic conflict, and action. That never arrives, and the picture ends like a bedtime story for grownups, which puts you to sleep and is easily forgotten."
"...A sympathetic and humorous portrait of two women breaking out of their unhappy existences..." - 02/01/1992 Sight and Sound, p.43
"...Picturesque....[Walker] makes a mesmerizing impression..." - 07/31/1992 New York Times, p.C15
"...The four central actresses [are] all marvelous..." - 08/28/1992 USA Today, p.5D
"...ENCHANTED APRIL slides us back to a summery, High British past of literary epigrams and romantic yearning..." - 07/31/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F8
"...[Richardson] is softly and understatedly appealing. Walker finds an unexpected wit and depth in her character..." - 08/07/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.38