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Sparrow (1993)

Storia di una capinera (original title)
Catania, Sicilia 1854. A serious epidemic of cholera is hitting the region. Maria a 16 years old novice leaves her convent and returns her home to avoid contamination. Here she finds a ... See full summary »

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Giovanni Verga (novel), Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay and adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bettis ... Maria
Johnathon Schaech ... Nino
Eva Alexander Eva Alexander ... Annetta (as Sara-Jane Alexander)
Andreá Cassar Andreá Cassar ... Gigi
John Castle ... Giuseppe
Valentina Cortese ... Mother Superior
Sinéad Cusack ... Matilde
Frank Finlay ... Father Nunzio
Mia Fothergill Mia Fothergill ... Giuditta
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Sister Teresa
Janet Maw Janet Maw ... Tecia
Denis Quilley ... Baron Cesaro
Vanessa Redgrave ... Sister Agata
Annabel Ryan Annabel Ryan ... Filomena
Gareth Thomas ... Corrado
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Catania, Sicilia 1854. A serious epidemic of cholera is hitting the region. Maria a 16 years old novice leaves her convent and returns her home to avoid contamination. Here she finds a difficult situation, in fact her stepmother and her half-sisters prevent Maria to live the normal life of a teenager. In their minds Maria is the promised "bride of God" and a regular life for her is inappropriate. Nino, her handsome neighbor, falls in love for Maria who isn't indifferent to him. But when Maria comes back to her convent the way to become nun is compelled. Now Maria can understand Sister Agata, and realizes she became mad cause a lost and impossible love like the one between Maria and Nino. Written by 1felco

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Country:

Italy | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Calugarita See more »

Filming Locations:

Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Eva Alexander, credited as Sara-Jane Alexander. See more »

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Version of La storia di una capinera (1943) See more »

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Storia di una capinera AKA Sparrow
19 June 2004 | by fixerupSee all my reviews

I have seen Angela Bettis in MAY and CARRIE (Remake) and she is just so beautiful and sweet I thought I'd buy a copy of Sparrow. I now have 3 CD's of hers, she's quite intoxicating. The story in a way is like MAY or CARRIE in the respect that Angela's character "Maria" has led a sheltered life (in a convent) and is out of touch with love and interpersonal relationships. So far all three movies I have seen Angela Bettis in all have a very similar personality. I very much liked this movie but I don't think I will watch it as often as I have MAY. Angela Bettis is a fine actress and has a nice way of using lots of facial expressions that you usually only see in a very few great actors. I guess what this movie ultimately says is, if you are at a serious crossroads in your life and you need to make a decision. Then take your sweet time and let others know that you are not sure if you are not. Telling someone you are certain about things may influence them into making changes in their life that don't include you and it may come back to bite you. Angela is an Angel! This movie is well worth seeing and the cinematography is beautiful.


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