Under the Tuscan Sun

Release Date: September 26, 2003

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Best described as Bridget Jones Does Italy, this movie is based on the popular book of the same name. As with Bridget Jones, if it proves successful, the sequel is already written and ready to go. BOP smells a franchise!

Under the Tuscan Sun tells the story of American author Frances Mayes (played by 2002 Academy Awards nominee for Best Actress Diane Lane), a recently divorced Silicon Valley denizen who finds herself frustrated with her life and fighting a crippling bout with depression. In order to pull herself out of this funk, she suddenly gets the idea (one would assume while watching an episode of Seinfeld) that it would be fun to own villa in Tuscany.

The movie will detail Ms. Mayes' experiences as she rebuilds her home and her life. Obviously, a part of that will involve a tall, dark and handsome stranger because what Italian vacation would be complete without one of these? In this case, he is played by Italian model Raoul Bova, whom you probably didn't catch in a straight-to-video Sly Stallone flick called Avenging Angelo but whom you might have lusted after in some Max Factor commercials a couple of years ago. In short, he's exactly the sort of hottie most women's Italian vacation fantasies involve.

Helming this project is Audrey Wells, who has only directed one previous production, Guinevere. A positive to her romantic movie pedigree would be that she also was the writer and executive producer of the marvelous The Truth About Cats and Dogs. This is a woman who clearly knows quality swoon and we have chosen to forgive her for the George of the Jungle script. In her skilled hands, we expect this love story to be a very big hit for Touchstone. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Under the Tuscan Sun
Main Cast Diane Lane, Raoul Bova
Supporting Cast Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan
Director Audrey Wells
Screenwriter Audrey Wells
Distributor Touchstone
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://tuscansun.movies.go.com/main.html
Rating PG-13
Running Time 115 minutes
Screen Count 1,226
Awards Awards page for Under the Tuscan Sun
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Unfaithful 5/10/0214.07 14.62 2613 5383.00 5383.0 52.75 54.84 3.75
Truth about Cats and Dogs, The 4/26/966.77 9.23 1413 4791.00 6286.8 34.08 46.49 5.03



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