My House in Umbria

My House in Umbria

Richard Loncraine (2002)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Maggie Smith won an Emmy Award for her typically mannered performance as an English romance novelist in this adaptation of William Trevor's 1991 novella. On a trip to Milan, Smith's train compartment is wrecked by an explosion and she is one of the few survivors. She invites the others to recover at her palatial country house in Umbria, while detective Giancarlo Giannini gets to the bottom of the bombing. Director Richard Loncraine's HBO cable movie features glorious vistas but is a weak-kneed and overly sentimental tale of tea and terrorism. It's best to forget the artificiality of the lazy plot and just focus on the high standard of acting from the ever-dependable Smith, Timothy Spall, Chris Cooper and, on dottily eccentric form, Ronnie Barker.


An English romance novelist is caught up in a terrorist explosion on a train to Milan. At the hospital she gathers together several of the survivors and invites them to recuperate at her beautiful Italian villa, determined that sun, good food and a regular cocktail hour will work wonders on their health. Drama, starring Maggie Smith, Chris Cooper, Giancarlo Giannini, and Ronnie Barker in his final role.

Cast & Crew

Mrs Emily Delahunty Maggie Smith
Thomas "Tom" Riversmith Chris Cooper
Quinty Timothy Spall
Werner Benno Fürmann
The General Ronnie Barker
Aimee Emmy Clarke
Inspector Girotti Giancarlo Giannini
Dr Innocenti Libero De Rienzo
Rosa Crevelli Cecilia Dazzi
Director Richard Loncraine
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: DVDReleased on: 26 Nov 2004