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Where Angels Fear to Tread (Ws Dol) [DVD] [1991] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren, Barbara Jefford
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Writers: Charles Sturridge, Derek Granger, E.M. Forster, Tim Sullivan
  • Producers: Derek Granger, Giovanna Romagnoli, Jeffrey Taylor
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J6WI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,942 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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..The story`s constant and unexpected turns do provide rewards, but the real value of the film is in the richness with which it presents moral and emotional conflicts, laying them out with sensible realism and power..- DVD laser --DVD Laser

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Lee Cleven on 13 July 2006
Format: DVD
This may be E.M. Forster's first novel but it is a faithful adaptation and a very fine film. I don't see what others finding lacking in this excellent motion picture. The cast works marvelously together. Helena Bonham Carter gives a very superb performance acting against her usual more glamourous roles. Rupert Graves and Judy Davis are excellent as the son and daughter of the great Barbara Jefford who is extremely memorable as the manipulating mother-in-law of Helen Mirren. Judy Davis is extraordinary as a mirror image of Barbara Jefford without the latter's cunning devices.

The story is captivating and the scenes, costumes and direction are all first rate. I find that this film is of great quality and belongs perfectly well with the other E.M. Forster adaptations. Perhaps some are biased because this isn't marked Ivory Merchant? I wouldn't know that it wasn't Ivory Merchant. It is of equal quality. The direction, script, and actors make this story very plausible. It would have been a greater box office success but it was not publisied as much as "Howard's End". I still find it a superb film and highly recommend it.
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195 of 199 people found the following review helpful By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE on 19 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"Where Angels Fear To Tread" was one of the earliest E M Forster novels, and in it you can trace the same theme that ran through his more well-known work "A Room With A View", i.e the Edwardian English and their love of Italy, and the freedom it gave them compared to the strictures of back home. Helen Mirren plays a widow who goes off on holiday to Italy, meets a man much younger than herself, and to the horror of her straitlaced in-laws back home, decides to marry him. Mirren soon finds though that marriage in Italy is, if possible, even more confining than back in Blighty. Even going for a walk on your own can seem an outrageous thing for a respectable married Italian woman to do. When she dies giving birth, the family back home are determined that the baby should be brought up in England and delegate the only man of the family, a somewhat dismayed Rupert Graves, to go over to Italy and fetch the baby back.
Accompanied by his waspish sister and a repressed spinster friend (an excellent Helena Bonham Carter, acting dowdy for a change), he sets off with great reluctance to Italy. Once there though he falls under the spell of the country, bewitched by the climate, the beauty of the countryside, the free-and-easy atmosphere, and the exuberant opera put on with great zest in the village. He becomes increasingly reluctant to separate the baby from his young father, and when an attempt is made to do so tragedy unfolds.
This is quite a charming little film in many ways, and E M Forster finds won't be disappointed at all. Graves is splendid as the straitlaced young man who finds himself beguiled and disturbed (in more ways than one) by the life he finds in Italy. Helena Bonham Carter makes a great pairing with him, as she too yearns to leave behind her respectable spinster image and throw caution to the wind.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ford Ka VINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Munday on 18 July 2010
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I remember reading and enjoying the novel some 30 years ago and, personally having something of a Forster renaissance, it prompted me to acquire this film - (however though you get his stories and social criticism in the films you do lose out on his wonderful language of course).
I didn't see this film when it came out (don't know why) whereas have seen all the others, so wondered if this was a dud. Quite the opposite. According to the Radio Times Guide to Films Directory the film was made by the same team that made Brideshead, which is high recommendation indeed. Directed by Charles Sturridge the cast are magnificent & almost perfect: Helen Mirren, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Barbara Jefford and an aptly cast Giovanni Guidelli, as beautiful and Italian as his character should be. Helena Bonham Carter plays Miss Abbott: initially appearing too young and too pretty for this classic English spinster. But this wasn't a bit of type casting and she executes her role with great passion and conviction. It is a classic Forster tale about the narrowness and brittle fragility of the English Middle Classes at the beginning of the 20th century and how destructive their power can be. A sad little tragedy, beautifully filmed. I highly recommend it.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jon Freeman on 22 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
This was a slightly disappointing film which does not achieve the excellence that Charles Sturridge is so famed for with Brideshead Revisited. It is a strong story with a good script with interesting culture clashes leading to tragic outcomes, but for me didn't quite gel. Individually the cast are all good, but the whole was less than the sum of its parts. Even so I would have probably given it 4 stars had it not been for a really bad job on the soundtrack where the music is so loud that when you set the volume comfort the dialogue becomes inaudible (often very softly spoken anyway). It is an engaging film though and well worth watching. I didn't check whether the DVD had subtitles. If it does I recommend using them.
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