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Where Angels Fear to Tread

6.41 h 52 min1992PG
Based upon E. M. Forster's best-selling novel, this period drama follows a rich Edwardian widow (Helen Mirren) who marries a handsome Tuscan dentist (Rupert Graves) but dies in childbirth. Her English family travel to Italy in order to bring the child back home to England, but are unprepared for what unfolds.
Charles Sturridge
Rupert GravesHelena Bonham CarterJudy Davis
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Helen MirrenBarbara Jefford
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3.8 out of 5 stars

201 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 15% of reviews have 1 stars
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delight-in-the-readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Strange, overdramatised, stupid
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The hollowest of E.M.Forster's stories, or maybe it is just this rendition. The dramatizations are overplayed. The characters are melodramatic. The storyline is pitiful, piteous... at times detestable and un-human-like. The emotions of the characters appear to carry them in trajectories that are wholly unrelated to the events. I'm trying to avoid the word...but I can't. This film is just stupid. The only good thing about it is the sweet moments when the baby is giggling, and even that is ruined.
16 people found this helpful
coraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's not Merchant/Ivory - And You Know It
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This is another lavish adaption of an E.M. Forster novel. The period settings and costumes are beautiful, you get Italian filming locations and a cracking cast including Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and Rupert Graves. And yet, it's not quite as good as I would have hoped. Probably I'm spoiled by the wonderful Merchant/Ivory adaptions (A Room With a View, Maurice, Howard's End). But here's the thing: those are just far more enjoyable. Maybe it's the nature of the story which I found a bit too tragic. Even the glorious Italian locations couldn't lift this one for me. However, I will admit that the acting is flawless and it's worth while watching for that alone. Just as long as you don't expect the brilliance and fun of Room with a View.

The picture quality of the DVD I purchased (Prism Leisure, New Line Home Video from 1992) unfortunately isn't great, it's all a bit fuzzy. The sound is good. English subtitles are available. Language English only. The Italian audio specified in the product description is not available. This was no issue for me, but may be relevant for foreign buyers. There is a nice director's commentary with Charles Sturridge. The other extra features included don't amount to much, they are merely text on screen. For those who are interested, here is what you get for your money:
~~~ About the film
~~~ Biographies
~~~ Director's and Producer's commentary
~~~ Cast & Crew
~~~ Trailers
~~~ 5/1 Digital Surround Sound
9 people found this helpful
Christopher Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pointless and dreadful
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I really tried to finish watching this movie and let me reassure you that I can watch many shallow movies and find something interesting in them, such as interiors, architecture, beautiful scenery, costumes, etc. This movie had nothing! Even if it did the uncomfortable melodramatic scenes that didn't make sense increasingly got more and more irritating to a point when all that I was seeing was just ridiculous pointlessness. Finally, enough was enough, feeling extremely irritated I switched it off just before the end. A total waste of anyone's time, don't bother!
12 people found this helpful
deeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I have never read this particular book but have read his other novels which have all been made into great films. This film, however, is appalling. The characters are awful and I don't know if its the acting or whether its true to the book but their reactions to events that occur are bizarre. Do not waste your time
7 people found this helpful
LHReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unrealistic & Difficult To Decipher & Follow
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Mumbling & poor sound quality made it very hard to understand what was going on.
Storyline was totally unrealistic, as film progressed.
The only good thing was the acting, but sadly, the other things that were wrong with it, made it a waste of time.
10 people found this helpful
Ford KaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Have No Fear
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Fans of the better known "Forsters" such as Maurice, A Room with a View, the works of Merchant and Ivory, and fairly similar A Passage to India, may be quite disappointed with this much more quiet and less colourful production. The story-line also offers less of a twist - this is EM Forster's first novel and he was still learning his trade. Still the movie is well worth seeing - the story and the beautiful images in dusky sepias as if taken from old photographs will keep enthralled you in front of the telly if only you can accept that the world changed immensely within the last century. A big bonus is a chance to see world-famous actors in roles not exactly identical with their current careers.
24 people found this helpful
QuintellaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I watched this a few weeks ago and do you know I cant remember it much at all. I feel it was that sort of story
- good actors but story a bit wishy washy. I love period dramas and watch them over and over but with this one I wont watch it again.
5 people found this helpful
CJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buying used doesn’t mean that your purchase is not going to work because it will. I always buy used.
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A pre owned dvd brought from music magpie. This plays perfectly and I would highly recommend buying pre owned, the dvd costs pennies with delivery but it’s still well worth the money.
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