Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet

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Director: Gary Winick

Cast: Gary Winick, Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Chris Egan

     
 

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An American girl discovers a love letter that changes her life in this romantic comedy starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. The setting is Verona, Italy -- the city where Romeo and Juliet first met. In Verona, there's a wall where the lovelorn leave notes, hoping that Juliet will answer their inquiries about love. Sophie (Seyfried) is part of a team of… See more details below

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An American girl discovers a love letter that changes her life in this romantic comedy starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. The setting is Verona, Italy -- the city where Romeo and Juliet first met. In Verona, there's a wall where the lovelorn leave notes, hoping that Juliet will answer their inquiries about love. Sophie (Seyfried) is part of a team of volunteers who respond to the letters. When Sophie answers a letter from 1957, the woman who wrote it (Redgrave) decides to seek out the one that got away, and romance starts to blossom all around.

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Amanda Seyfried seems to be stuck in a rut with a recent string of bland romantic comedies in which she plays wide-eyed young women in pursuit of love, and nothing's really changed with her latest film, Letters to Juliet, a syrupy romantic comedy that takes a page from the ultimate love-story playbook, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But unlike the Elizabethan-era play, Letters unfolds as a perfectly pleasant story that's neither epic nor abysmal. Despite being set against inviting backdrops of aging villas and rolling countrysides, and being populated by charming locals, the story unfolds anticlimactically. The film starts off with a good premise, but takes entirely too long to get to the meat of the story, and while a film that promises romance should deliver on that concept, director Gary Winick fails to get the audience emotionally invested in the characters or their love lives. Sophie (Seyfried), a twentysomething fact checker for The New Yorker, and her restaurateur fiancé, Victor (Gael García Bernal), travels to Verona, Italy, for their "pre-wedding honeymoon," where she meets a group of volunteers who respond to letters written to Juliet seeking romantic advice. After unearthing a letter that had been lost for 50 years, Sophie responds, only to be stunned when its author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), arrives in Italy with uptight grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), to find her long lost love, Lorenzo Bartolini (played by Redgrave's real-life husband, Franco Nero). Fascinated by Claire's quest, Sophie accompanies them on a trek through the hills of Tuscany, where adventure awaits them. The requisite hate-at-first-sight that transpires when Sophie meets Charlie, a cynic when it come to matters of the heart, truly rubs Sophie the wrong way, but also, as these stories go, turns her on; in theory this should make for a steamy romance, but in actuality it comes across as quite boring. Their chemistry seems to be lacking and, save for a single moonlight kiss on a grassy knoll, Seyfried and Egan's relationship falls flat. Still, between bright smiles and teary-eyed confessions, Amanda Seyfried is just darn likeable, and though her character lacks depth, the fact that she so strongly believes in true love is almost enough to make even the most hardened moviegoer want to believe. For all of its sticking points, the film is saved by a radiant Vanessa Redgrave, who gives a graceful and poignant performance as the elegant Claire looking for her Italian beau, and adds some much-needed romance to this romantic comedy. The audience really roots for her, and when she inevitably finds her Lorenzo, the moment is touching and worth the wait. For a movie so predictable, you would think that screenwriters Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan would come up with a new way to tell the same old story, but ultimately, while the concept of "true love" makes some roll their eyes, this film appeals to the hardcore believer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0025192078149
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
18,048

Special Features

Deleted and Extended Scenes; The Making of Letters To Juliet: In Italia; A Courtyard in Verona; Audio Commentary with Amanda Seyfried and Director Gary Winick

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amanda Seyfried Actor,Sophie
Vanessa Redgrave Actor,Claire
Chris Egan Actor,Charlie
Gael García Bernal Actor,Victor
Franco Nero Actor,Lorenzo
Oliver Platt Bobby
Marcia de Bonis Lorraine
Luisa Ranieri Isabella
Marina Massironi Francesca
Lydia Biondi Donatella
Milena Vukotic Maria
Luisa de Santis Angelina
Ashley Lilley Patricia
Giordano Formenti Viticoltore
Paolo Arvedi Signor Ricci (Olive Farmer)
Remo Remotti Farm House Lorenzo
Angelo Infanti Chess Playing Lorenzo
Giacomo Piperno Lorenzo on Lake
Fabio Testi Count Lorenzo
Benito Deotto Folkm Home Lorenzo
Sara Armentano Folks Home Nurse
Marcello Catania Take Him Lorenzo
Silvana Bosi Take Him Lorenzo's Wife
Elio Veller Grocer Lorenzo
Sandro Dori Priest Lorenzo
Adriano Guerri Waiter Lorenzo
Stefano Gerrino Lorenzo - Grandson
Daniel Baldock Lorenzo - Father
Dario Conti Cheese Supplier
Ivana Lotito Young Girl
Antonio Randazzo Delivery Man
Robbie Neigeborn Sign Maker
Hilary Edson Receptionist

Technical Credits
Gary Winick Director
Maurizio Argentieri Sound Mixer
Ellen Barkin Producer
George Barkin Co-producer
Sefano Biraghi Production Manager
Mark Canton Producer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Nicoletta Ercole Costumes/Costume Designer
Edoardo Ferretti Asst. Director
Andrea Guerra Score Composer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Raffaella Iorio Makeup
Caroline Kaplan Producer
Beatrice Kruger Casting
Ellen Lewis Casting
Mario Michisanti Makeup
Bill Pankow Editor
Marco Pontecorvo Cinematographer
José Rivera Screenwriter
Saverio Sammali Art Director
Ron Schmidt Executive Producer
Tim Sullivan Screenwriter
Tim Sullivan Screenwriter
Guilia Tamagnini Makeup
Cindy Tolan Casting
Eugenio Ulissi Art Director
Carla Vicenzino Makeup
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Letters to Juliet
1. Fact Checker [6:26]
2. My Sweet Sophia [4:02]
3. The Secretaries Of Juliet [7:39]
4. The Most Amazing Day [8:06]
5. She's Come To Find Her Lorenzo [4:19]
6. A Story Worth Telling [3:18]
7. The First Lorenzo [6:34]
8. Life Is The Messy Bits [5:59]
9. I Have A Good Feeling About This [6:05]
10. Do You Believe In Destiny? [5:14]
11. One Of The Great Joys In Life [4:10]
12. Charlie's Apology [1:22]
13. Carpazo Wine [4:16]
14. Don't Wait 50 Years Like I Did [7:29]
15. Going To Be Published [6:11]
16. The Wedding Ceremony [6:22]
17. What If [3:44]
18. Made For Each Other [3:38]

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