Illuminata (1998)

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Illuminata (1998) Poster

A turn-of-the-20th-century theatre repertory company rejects the latest project of their beloved playwright Tuccio, kicking off a saga of intrigue surrounding the influential critic Bevalaqua and star Celimene.




  • John Turturro in Illuminata (1998)
  • John Turturro in Illuminata (1998)
  • Beverly D'Angelo and Donal McCann in Illuminata (1998)
  • Christopher Walken in Illuminata (1998)
  • Illuminata (1998)
  • Susan Sarandon, Beverly D'Angelo, Christopher Walken, Rufus Sewell, Bill Irwin, Donal McCann, and David Thornton in Illuminata (1998)

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15 August 1999 | cowboy-27
Inside the "theater", but not too inside.
Wonderful characters, glib and meaningful dialogue, a portrait of theater and its denizens so complete you believe the film is a biography.

There are no small actors here because there are no small parts. What might have been a cameo becomes a pivotal role.

It has been said that the film was missing direction. Not at all. What was happening there was style. This guys loves women and shape and color, and what he likes best is wit.

The entire cast....and that is everybody, was wonderful, so good you could smell the sweat. Camera and sets were so good you could hear floor boards creak. Music, well and tastefully done.

Recommendation: see it once for the discovery, twice for the appreciation, three times for the education. You will not be bored.

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Release Date:

1 May 1999



Country of Origin

Spain, USA, Japan

Filming Locations

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,264 8 August 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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