Previously filmed in 1935 with Ann Harding, Enchanted April, a romantic novel by Elizabeth, was remade in 1992. The first film skips along superficially at 66 minutes: the second, directed by the always intriguing Mike Newell, runs 101 minutes, allowing for richer characterizations and a bottomless reserve of brilliant dialogue. Two cloistered, ...
Previously filmed in 1935 with Ann Harding, Enchanted April, a romantic novel by Elizabeth, was remade in 1992. The first film skips along superficially at 66 minutes: the second, directed by the always intriguing Mike Newell, runs 101 minutes, allowing for richer characterizations and a bottomless reserve of brilliant dialogue. Two cloistered, married English women (Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson) impulsively rent an Italian villa and embark upon a vacation without their spouses. They are joined by two other ladies: the high-flown aging widow Joan Plowright, and elegant upper-crust beauty Polly Walker) whom they've never met. Under the spell of an exotic new location, the foursome are in for quite a few life-altering experiences, many of them amusing, and not a few very surprising. Impeccably accurate in its recreation of European manners and mores in the 1920s, Enchanted April is sheer bliss from fade-in to fade-out. Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Alfred Molina, Josie Lawrence, Polly Walker, Michael Kitchen. Run time: 93 mins. Originally released: 1992. Language: English. Tape played well when checked, original sleeve intact with slight discoloration and some wear, no library or rental stickers.
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I've watched this movie over and over again. It's British and to my knowledge was never a big hit in the US, but I find it delightful. My draw is first of all to the idea of daring to do something out of the box of one's ordinary life, secondly to the characters and their frames of reference. All of them are well cast, and I enjoy the way they play off of one another in this romantic story. It's definitely a relationship rather than an action film. I definitely recommend it.
Jun 21, 2009
Miranda Richardson was a doll!
Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Alfred Molina, Josie Lawrence, Polly Walker, Michael Kitchen and the rest are very believable in this Mike Newell directed project.
I watched it when I was sleepy and still liked it.
Jan 15, 2009
An enchanting movie
I have loved this movie for years. Can't say enough about it. I can't watch it without getting a lift in spirits. It can be many things--funny, romantic, sad and poignant. I especially love the ladies, but the male actors are also wonderful. Especially love Alfred Molina and Jim Broadbent. The characters live up to those in the book very well.
Dec 7, 2008
Favorite Movie of All Time
This film is a delight from beginning to end. The performances are brilliant. The scenery a feast. Enchanted April gets me through the dark days of JanuFeb in Wisconsin. There is a garden ready any time I need one. Finally it is out on DVD for zone 1. I have worn out two VHS tapes of this movie! Enjoy it!