Where Angels Fear to Tread (film)

Where Angels Fear to Tread (film)

name = Where Angels Fear to Tread

caption = Film poster
director = Charles Sturridge
producer = Nick Elliott
Derek Granger
Giovanna Romagnoli (co-producer)
Titanus Distribuzione
writer = E. M. Forster(novel)
Tim Sullivan
Derek Granger
Charles Sturridge
starring = Rupert Graves
Helen Mirren
Helena Bonham Carter
Barbara Jefford
Judy Davis
music = Rachel Portman
cinematography = Michael Coulter
editing = Peter Coulson
distributor = Compact Films
New Line Cinema
Rank Organisation
Sovereign Pictures
released = 1991
runtime = 116 min.
country = United Kingdom
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0103243
amg_id = 1:54193|

"Where Angels Fear to Tread" is a 1991 film based on the 1905 novel "Where Angels Fear to Tread", by E. M. Forster.


On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and travelling companion Caroline Abbott (Helena Bonham Carter), widowed Lilia Herriton (Helen Mirren) falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband's family send Lilia's brother-in-law and his sister to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but they arrive too late. Lilia marries the Italian and in due course becomes pregnant again. When she dies giving birth to her child, the Herritons consider it both their right and their duty to travel to Monteriano to obtain custody of the infant so that he can be raised as an Englishman.

Similarly to "A Room with a View", both Italy and its inhabitants are presented as exuding an irresistible charm, to which eventually also Caroline Abbott succumbs. However, there is a tragic ending to the novel, while the film adds a suggestively positive scene.

The film is often erroneously believed to have been made by Merchant Ivory Productions, who made "A Room with a View". A synopsis of the introductory plot of "Where Angels Fear to Tread" was used as dialogue in the film "A Room with a View" — in the scene of Charlotte Bartlett and Eleanor Lavish gossiping in a field.

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