Sight and Sound - 02/01/1992
"...A sympathetic and humorous portrait of two women breaking out of their unhappy existences..."
New York Times - 07/31/1992
"...Picturesque....[Walker] makes a mesmerizing impression..."
USA Today - 08/28/1992
"...The four central actresses [are] all marvelous..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/31/1992
"...ENCHANTED APRIL slides us back to a summery, High British past of literary epigrams and romantic yearning..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/07/1992
"...[Richardson] is softly and understatedly appealing. Walker finds an unexpected wit and depth in her character..."
A charming tale of four women who find Romance, hope and, ultimately, liberation during a month's holiday in an Italian villa overlooking the sea. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Joan Plowright.
Two middle-class English women take a month's vacation in Italy to escape their boring lives and inattentive husbands and rediscover love. There, they share rooms with a widow and society belle.
Based On A Novel |
Period Piece |
Filmed in Italy and the UK.
Original running time was 101 minutes, instead of the video's 93 minutes.
Screened at London Film Festival, November 6, 1991.
An American version of "Enchanted April" was released in March of 1935. It was adapted by Samuel Hoffman and Ray Harris from a radio dramatization by Kane Campbell, which in turn was adapted from the novel by "Elizabeth." The film was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Ann Harding, Frank Morgan, Katherine Alexander, and Reginald Owen. Variety characterized the film as "Very British in background and proceeding at all times with a lifted eyebrow, picture is little too snooty... the comedy... has a distinct flavor of sophistication, but had it been grounded in a weightier story, it would have gone leagues towards putting the plot over. The plot... cries for situations, dramatic conflict, and action. That never arrives, and the picture ends like a bedtime story for grownups, which puts you to sleep and is easily forgotten."