Queen of Hearts (1989 film)

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Queen of Hearts
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Directed by Jon Amiel
Written by Tony Grisoni
Starring Vittorio Duse
Joseph Long
Anita Zagaria
Cinematography Mike Southon
Edited by Peter Boyle
Production
company
Distributed by Cinecom Pictures
Release date
  • October 1989 (1989-10)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Queen of Hearts is a British comedy film directed by Jon Amiel in 1989.

"An epic tale of romance, revenge... and cappuccino". An Italian couple marry for love and elope to London. Four children later, they are running a café in the Italian Quarter. The story is told through the eyes of young Eddie Luca.

Critically acclaimed on release and something of a cult film in the US, Queen of Hearts is notable for being Tony Grisoni’s first screenplay and Jon Amiel’s first feature after The Singing Detective. It is one of the few films about the Italian community in Britain and featured a wonderful cast of veteran actors (Vittorio Duse, Eileen Way) and new talent, including many extras from the Italian community.

US film critic Leonard Maltin called Queen of Hearts an "extraordinary and unusual film about an Italian couple who lead a pleasantly quixotic life in England running a family cafe. Tony Grisoni's screenplay embraces elements of romance, humor, melodrama, mysticism and fantasy in a heady mix. Remarkable first feature for director Amiel."

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