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Beyond the Sea (2004)
Director: Kevin Spacey
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Bob Hoskins, John Goodman, Brenda Blethyn, Caroline Aaron, Greta Scacchi, Peter Cincotti, Matt Rippy and William Ullrich
A swooning study of singer Bobby Darin and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee.
Broken Trail (2006)
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey, Rusty Schwimmer, Scott Cooper, Donald Fong, Gwendoline Yeo, Valerie Tian, Caroline Chan, Olivia Cheng, Jadyn Wong and James Russo
Based on real life events. Set in 1898, Print Ritter and his estranged nephew Tom Harte become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes.
The Browning Version (1994)
Director: Mike Figgis
Starring: Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Julian Sands, Michael Gambon, Ben Silverston, Maryam d'Abo, Ben Silverstone and Jim Sturgess
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The boys regard him as a Hitler, with some justification. His wife Laura is unfaithful and lives to wound him any way she can. Andrew must come to terms with his failed life and try to regain at least his own self-respect. Then his life is changed after a surprise act of kindness by a pupil.
Defense of the Realm (1986)
Director: David Drury
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen, Fulton Mackay, Bill Paterson, David Calder, Frederick Treves, Robbie Coltrane and Barbara Coles
Following a crash of a nuclear bomber at an American Air Force base in the English countryside, Dennis Markham, a prominent Member of Parliament and opponent of the American nuclear presence in the United Kingdom, is reported by a London newspaper to have been seen leaving a woman's home. When the woman is found to also be familiar with a dignitary from East Germany, Markham's loyalty to his country is questioned. He is hounded by the media and is forced to resign.
The author of the newspaper exposé, Nick Mullen, continues his work with colleague Vernon Bayliss who suspects that Markham is being framed for his views. When Bayliss dies from a mysterious 'heart attack', Mullen suspects something deeper at work and finds evidence of a cover-up concerning a near-nuclear accident and a secret US Air Force base. With the help of Markham's secretary, Nina Beckman, Mullen continues to investigate the affair despite the attempts of the British Government to stop him.
Director: Douglas McGrath
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, Jeremy Northam, Greta Scacchi, Juliet Stevenson, Polly Walker, James Cosmo, Sophie Thompson and Edward Woodall
In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Marlene Lawston, Erika Christensen, Kate Beahan, Greta Scacchi, Sean Bean, Judith Scott and Brent Sexton
A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.
Heat and Dust (1983)
Director: James Ivory
Starring: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove, Shashi Kapoor, Nickolas Grace, Zakir Hussain, Julian Glover, Susan Fleetwood, Patrick Godfrey, Jennifer Kendal, Charles McCaughan, Madhur Jaffrey, Barry Foster, Ratna Pathak, Tarla Mehta, Sajid Khan, Amanda Walker, Praveen Paul, Jayant Kripalani, Sudha Chopra and Daniel Chatto
When Anne discovers a long-forgotten family scandal involving her deceased grandmother, Olivia, she decides to investigate further by travelling to the scene of the crime: India. In the 1920s Olivia was married to an official in the colonial government but had an affair with an Indian man that resulted in an abortion and disgrace. By coincidence, Anne also finds herself conducting an affair with an Indian man and faces similar social prejudice.
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Director: James Ivory
Starring: Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Simon Callow, Seth Gilliam, James Earl Jones, Michael Lonsdale, Nancy Marchand, Thandie Newton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlotte de Turckheim, Lambert Wilson and Anthony Valentine
A biography of Thomas Jefferson in the years before he became President. Jefferson is in Paris as the U.S. Ambassador to the court of Louis XVI. Following the death of his wife, the film charts Jefferson's friendships and flirtations with the French, his relationship with his daughters and his slaves from home - especially 15-year-old Sally Hemings - against the backdrop of the beginning of the French Revolution.
Presumed Innocent (1990)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Greta Scacchi, Paul Winfield, Frank Pierson, John Spencer and Jesse Bradford
Married Philadelphia prosecutor Rusty Sabich is having an affair with his colleague Carolyn Polhemus. When she is murdered in her apartment, the evidence found at the crime scene implicates Sabich. His protestations of innocence are ignored and Sabich is put on trial for the murder, so he hires his biggest adversary to defend him.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi, Bob Hoskins, Joanne Whalley, Corbin Bernsen, Scott Getlin, Judi Maddison, Bert Rosario, Jedda Jones, Scott Getlin, Kellye Nakahara, Dierk Torsek and Theodore Bikel
Dan Merrick and his wife Judith have a car accident. Judith is thrown free but Dan is injured, his face disfigured. He comes out of a coma with amnesia, full of general knowledge but completely ignorant of his own family life. Slowly he begins to put the pieces back together but there are troubling memories that don't mesh with the stories he's being told and he hires private detective Gus Klein to help unravel the mystery of his past.
White Mischief (1987)
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance, Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland, Geraldine Chaplin, John Hurt, Ray McAnally, Murray Head, Trevor Howard, Susan Fleetwood, Catherine Neilson, Hugh Grant, Alan Dobie and Jacqueline Pearce
With much of the rest of the world at war, a number of bored British aristocrats live dissolute and hedonistic lives in a region of Kenya known as Happy Valley, drinking and indulging in decadent sexual affairs to pass the time.
On a January day in 1941, the Earl of Erroll, is found dead in his automobile in a remote location. The Earl has a royal pedigree but a somewhat sordid past and a well-deserved reputation for carrying on with other men's wives, including Lady Diana Broughton, the beautiful wife of Sir Jock Broughton, a man at least twice her age.
A list of the films that I have so far seen starring Italian-Australian actress Greta Scacchi.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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