Something to Believe In (film)

Something to Believe In is a 1998 film directed by John Hough and starring William McNamara, Tom Conti, and Maria Pitillo.

Something to Believe In
Directed byJohn Hough
Produced byLew Grade
John Hough
Written byJohn Goldsmith
John Hough
StarringWilliam McNamara
Tom Conti
Maria Pitillo
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts
Edited byPeter Tanner
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Warner Bros.
Release date
  • May 8, 1998 (1998-05-08)
Running time
113 min.
CountryUnited States


From The New York Times -

Lew Grade is the executive producer of this British-German co-production, a romantic drama that gets underway in Las Vegas with several casino cameos (Robert Wagner, Roddy McDowall, Jill St. John, William Hootkins). Lymphoma leaves Vegas croupier Maggie (Maria Pitillo) only a few weeks to live, so she sets out to visit a weeping Madonna statue in Italy where she meets American pianist Mike (William McNamara) while hitchhiking to Trevino. Monsignore Calogero (Tom Conti) orders the church closed, and the statue is found to be a fake. As Mike and Maggie hope for a miracle, Mike departs to participate in a Naples piano competition. Watch for composer Lalo Schifrin conducting his own two piano concertos in the final scenes.[1]


The film was produced by Lew Grade who put his own money in the movie. The film took four and a half years to raise finance for.[2]


The film received poor reviews and was a box office failure. It could not obtain a US distributor.[2]


  1. Bhob Stewart, Rovi
  2. Billen, A. (1998, May 13). Ninety- one, still dancing come on, someone is looking after me " INTERVIEW,FEATURES,money is unimportant as long as you have enough to keep your family contented. Evening Standard Retrieved from

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