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Enchanted April [VHS] (1992)

Alfred Molina , Joan Plowright , Mike Newell  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alfred Molina, Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, Polly Walker, Josie Lawrence
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Writers: Elizabeth von Arnim, Peter Barnes
  • Producers: Ann Scott, Mark Shivas, Matthew Hamilton, Simon Relph
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 13, 1994
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302728657
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This lovely, 1991 adaptation of Elizabeth Von Arnim's novel has a superb cast and a tone so mellow you can feel your pulse get slower. Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson play a pair of unhappily married women who rent an Italian villa for a month, sharing the rent with a crusty Englishwoman (Joan Plowright) and a lonely aristocrat (Polly Walker). Sun, rest, sinking into the green grass for long naps--they all have a soulful effect on the quartet, and then on the men in their lives who make a surprise visit. Mike Newell (Into the West) directs with seeming effortlessness, and it is impossible not to be swayed by the promise of restoration for these burdened characters--or for anyone alive. Wonderful performances all around, including a particularly sensitive one by Alfred Molina and a very funny one by Jim Broadbent. --Tom Keogh

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384 of 404 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The movie opens in rain-drenched England as down-hearted and dispirited Lottie Wilkins trudges through her day. An advertisement in the paper promising "Wisteria and Sunshine" at an Italian castle catches her eye. She seeks out another forlorn soul, Rose Arbuthnot, and convinces her to share this villa for the month of April. Because of expenses, they are forced to also take in two strangers to share the load. Joining them will be Mrs. Fisher, an elderly woman who is hoping to remember "better times and better men," and the beautiful Lady Caroline who is tired of the constant attention she receives and longs for a restorative quiet time. When they arrive it is still raining, but at least as one of them so aptly puts it, "This is Italian rain." When morning dawns, the sun comes out and remains with them for the month.
Enchanted with the peace and tranquility of her new surroundings, Lottie longs to share her joy with her husband. When he arrives, Lottie urges Rose to invite her husband as well, but Rose fears that her husband, an author of racy novels under a pen name, will not come. Imagine her surprise when he shows up immediately. Of course, the catch is that he had no idea his wife was there but was hoping to have a dalliance with Lady Caroline.
In the peaceful Italian sun, marriages heal, new love blossoms, and unlikely friendships are born. The movie is light, filled with delicious humor and profound sentiments to stir your heart and soul.
Most enchanting of all may be the beautiful scenes filmed on location in Portofino. This is a great movie for self-medication in the gloom of winter when you want to seek greener pastures or just plain wonderful any day.
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159 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Enchanted... August 8, 2005
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Mike Newell's film casts a seductive, mesmerizing spell on its audience. I strongly encourage you to see it if you have not.

Josie Lawrence leads a strong cast as Lottie Wilkins, a dowdy London housewife who we meet in the film's first frames trudging through post-WW I London. We meet Alfred Molina as her overbearing husband, Mellersh, who eyes all relationships as potential business opportunities, and sees his wife as not much more than a pet.

Lottie is riding on the bus in the dreary rain one day when she sees an advertisement on the back of the paper for an Italian Castle to be let for the month of April among the "Wisteria and Sunshine". Lottie's life hasn't allowed her much love or friendship, but she decides that she MUST take this April Holiday at San Salvatori. She approaches Rose Arbuthnot, who she barely knows, but has seen looking sad at Church services.

Rose is played by Miranda Richardson in a performance that suggests, if anything, that she has had her happiness even more suppressed than Lottie. Her husband, Arthur, is played by Jim Broadbent in full ruddy-faced glory. Arthur is a hedonistic author who writes pulpy trash novels with names like "Theodocia, the Slave Princess". He also chases after other young women who come closer to meeting his ideal of fun than his pious wife.

Lottie and Rose secure the rent of the villa and decide to advertise for a couple of other ladies to share the expense. Joan Plowright plays Mrs. Fisher, an older lady who grew up bouncing on the knee of the great English Poets of the day. Blundering Lottie asks "Oh, did you know Keats?" a century and a half after Keat's day.

"No", Mrs. Fisher replies with disdain. "And I didn't know Shakespeare or Chaucer either.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE ACTION MOVIES!!! December 18, 2003
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I'm a guy. I love action. My DVD Collection is filled with mostly Matrix, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings type movies. I crave violence, guns, fast cars, hot chicks, and super expensive Special Effects!
So why am I reviewing this movie that has absolutely nothing to do with any of the above? Because I also looooove a good vacation!! And even though this movie is about two women who take a holiday in Italy, that's not what I was referring to. ACTUALLY WATCHING this little movie is literally like taking a mini-vacation!!
I've seen this movie in theatres and had it on VHS at one time (recorded from cable) and I came on here hoping to find it available on DVD. Sadly, tragically it's not, but hopefully it will be soon. I read some of the reviews of this and I must say every single one (positive one anyways) is spot on. If you're wondering whether or not to get this, I'd say trust what you read here and take a chance. You won't be sorry. In this review I wont give any spoilers or much plot details. Because this movie is so much more than a mere plot...
Whether it's a cold rainy day, or too much is going on in life, or you've watched one too many action movies lately, or for ANY reason at all, grab a bowl of popcorn, a pillow and your favorite blankey, have a seat and pop this movie in. And then prepare to be healed! ;)
The experience of watching this movie is like this: It starts of gray and dreary, kinda like how things in your life may be going. The plot is wonderfully simple and very easy to follow, while engaging enough to immediately cause you to be concerned and interested about the main characters. Basically two "friends" are sick of how things are going and want to get away.
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The movie Enchanted April
Hello. I have just purchased this movie on DVD as a region 2. I would suggest that you go out and buy an all region player, they are really inexpensive and it opens up a whole world of good , even brilliant, movies and TV shows that are unavailable on region 1 or versions that not seen on this... Read More
Apr 30, 2008 by everest |  See all 8 posts
Criterion takes suggestions...
I'm sending my request today....I hope lots others do to.

Sep 22, 2007 by Donlei Darnell |  See all 12 posts
Maybe AMAZON could persuade PARAMOUNT???
According to IMDB website, Mirimax owns this film. I emailed them a request to release this in DVD and got a canned reply thanking me for my email, but giving to indication of a release. Maybe you can also email them....squeaky wheel and all that.
Mar 14, 2007 by Maurena Spradley |  See all 15 posts
Enchanted DVD USA Format can be purchased from http://www.joescl...
Yes it's true, I ordered & received it also, so grateful to have this wonderful movie on DVD at last.
From the main menu background, it appears Joesclassicmovies has taken the Australian Region-4 DVD version and converted it to regionless, ie. works on all players.
Slipcase packaging, the disc... Read More
Jul 15, 2008 by Tim Brain |  See all 15 posts
Have Netflix request it too Be the first to reply
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