Cast & Crew
Based on the story by William Trevor about a romance writer who lives in Italy, survives after a terrorist's bomb in her train in Italy. She finds solace by inviting the survivors to stay at her home in Umbria to recover. One of the victims is a young girl who is severly traumatized by the explosions and when her father arrives to take her back to America, problems arise.
Libero De Rienzo
Silvia De Santis
Robert Allan Ackerman
Maria Graciela Bernal
Maria Rosaria Caracciolo
Rory J Collins
Maria Teresa Corridoni
Roberto De Angelis
Maria De Los Angeles Parrinello
Anna De Santis
Claudio De Simone
Flavio De Simone
Helen De Winter
Valentino Della Posta
Alessandro Macchi Di Cellere
Romano Di Chio
Marco Di Francesco
Franco Di Tivoli
Francis B K Dokyi
Magdalena Paula Grassi
Ivory Joe Hunter
Antonio La Barbera
Maria Erminia Melato
Giacoma A Mellini
Ronnie Barker (1929-2005)
He was born Ronald William George Barker in Bedford, England on September 25, 1929 and raised in Oxford. Educated at the City of Oxford High School, he took a job as a clerk at Westminster Bank, all the while harboring dreams of becoming an actor.
He was offered his first break in 1948 when he joined the Manchester Repertory Company. His roles were small, but for a starry-eyed 19-year-old it could not have been more fascinating. Three years later, he joined the Oxford Playhouse where he gained more experience, particularly in comedy, and in 1955, director Peter Hall gave him his first big opportunity at the famed Arts Theatre in London, where he worked steadily and developed his craft over the next several years.
After some success on BBC radio, Barker moved into films. His parts were small, but his comic timing and avuncular mannerism made him memorable in some sharp comedies: the little known Terry Thomas gem Kill or Cure (1962); a put-upon customer at a railway station in Doctor in Distress (1963); his first prominent film role as doleful sad sack in The Bargee (1964); and a cameo in the pleasant if harmless family outing Runaway Railway (1965).
Yet his achievements in film paled in comparison to his success on television, which would prove to be Barker's calling card. In 1966, commentator David Frost would hire him (along with Ronnie Corbett and John Cleese) for The Frost Report, a wildly popular revue show that would satirize the popular fads and political situations of the day. From there, he moved onto Frost on Sunday the following year which was also hit. Not coincidentally, his good fortune on television led to improved film parts: a dramatic turn in a spy thriller starring veteran character actor Van Heflin The Man Outside (1967); and as a ghost who tries to help young children save a historical landmark in Ghost of a Chance (1968).
Still, his success up to this point was marginal when compared to the golden stride he hit in the '70s. He starred in no less than three hit series that decade: the popular sketch comedy opposite Ronnie Corbett in The Two Ronnies (1971-1987); the endearing prison sitcom Porridge (1973-1977); and as a frugal Northern shopkeeper with a penchant for stammering in Open All Hours (1973-1985). All three of these programs had developed a huge cult following in America over the years due to their screening on public television, and it's safe to say that Barker was, if not an international star, a very welcome talent and presence to million of fans worldwide.
This decade would also contain his most lauded film performance - that of Friar Tuck in Richard Lester's Robin and Marian (1976), co-starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. Barker offered a cheeky take on this established character with just the right touch of pathos, making him an essential component to this robust adventure film. Oddly, despite his good critical notices, he made only one more film that decade, a full theatrical feature based on his television series, Porridge (1979).
Barker was still a popular fixture in British entertainment when he semi-retired in 1987. He spent most of his time operating an antique shop in the Oxfordshire village of Chipping Norton, but he was always coaxed back for an occasional appearance, the most impressive by far were his two serio-comic turns in The Gathering Storm (2002), playing the wise manservant to Albert Finney's Winston Churchill; and the HBO special My House in Umbria (2003), a moving portrayal as a retired general maintaining his wit and dignity after tragic circumstances opposite Dame Maggie Smith. Barker is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joy; a daughter, Charlotte; and sons, Adam and Larry.
by Michael T. Toole
Ronnie Barker (1929-2005)
Nominated for the 2004 David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award (Long-Form Television) by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
Winner of the 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Maggie Smith) from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Chris Cooper), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Richard Loncraine), Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Hugh Whitemore), Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Luciana Arrighi, Maria Cristina Onori, and Alessandra Querzola), Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Irene Lamb), and Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Nicoletta Ercole, Rosa Palma, and Maria Erminia Melato).
Aired in United States May 25, 2003
Aired in United States November 25, 2003
Aired in United States May 2003
Shown at Tribeca Film Festival in New York City (Special Screenings) May 3-11, 2003.