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Millionairess [VHS] (1960)

Sophia Loren , Peter Sellers , Anthony Asquith  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Alastair Sim, Vittorio De Sica, Dennis Price
  • Directors: Anthony Asquith
  • Writers: George Bernard Shaw, Riccardo Aragno, Wolf Mankowitz
  • Producers: Dimitri De Grunwald, Pierre Rouve
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • VHS Release Date: October 14, 1997
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304102739
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to watch! January 9, 2000
By A Customer
FoxLorber should be adviced to immediately withdraw their DVD-version of "The Millionaires" from circulation! Softer than soft and paler than pale, but worst of all: a pan and scan copy of a CinemaScope film! Abominations like this should no longer be allowed on DVD! Either it's the correct aspect ratio, or nothing! For years, I've been waiting to see this flawed but entertaining film again, but after five minutes the disc was taken out and returned to the shop where I bought it. And they were fully understanding. FoxLorber have issued some great, eagerly awaited stuff on DVD, and I thank them for that, but please make sure that we soon can look forward to a version of this film mastered from a decent looking print - AND in CinemaScope!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Sophia Loren, you'll love this... September 16, 1999
By A Customer
When first reviewed, this movie didn't score particularly well. It's a bit of a star vehicle for the two main characters and is a bit light on plot. As a comedy it is amusing rather than side-splitting, but does manage to hold the attention. Where it scores is its attention to detail in the area of 1960's fashion. Sophia appears in any number of outfits, and looks gorgeous in all of them. Sellers works hard as an Indian doctor, but doesn't come over with his customary brilliance. De Sica is excellent in his role of a backstreet sweatshop owner, but it's the female lead that this film is all about. Sophia is simply stunning, which is enough reason to watch.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, The Clothes! May 24, 2006
By djonn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As a movie, it's not great. Amusing to watch once on late night tv but that's it. I would give it 2 stars - one for Sophia who's fabulous and the other because it is mildly funny. But I gave it three and suggest you buy it for one reason only: The Clothes.

OH Those GORGEOUS Clothes! Yes there are many historical films out there with tremendous costuming (Anna and the King, GWTW, The Ten Commandments, etc.) but for a non-historical film showing contemporary clothing this is simply the best. Don't get me wrong, I am awed by Adrian, and enjoy watching Edith Head's designs come alive on screen but this is the best film for costuming and clothing EVER.

Yes, yes it's not a reason for a film buff to buy it. But if you're studying fashion design, or are a clothing historian or just want to kick back one night and fill your head with scrumptious eye candy, this is it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining, but there's always Sophia July 1, 1999
By A Customer
This is a very slow-paced comedy with very few smiles. But anytime you have Sophia, it's not a total loss. However, this DVD print looks like it was made from an old bad print. The color is very faded and the sound is of static quality. A very disapponting DVD.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than three stars March 17, 2005
Nobody seems to have reviewed this film for the last 5 years, so here goes. This play is a curious hybrid: a blunt political and satirical message promoted via haute couture, the uniquely gorgeous Loren, and the hyper-talented Peter Sellers. There are also a large number of very able English character actors, as well as the charismatic Vittorio de Sica. I thought the role of Corelli, played by someone called Charles Hill, was actually played by Alfred Marks --- perhaps he used an alias. Derek Nimmo popped up, uncredited. It IS slow-paced, as one reviewer has remarked, but it does hold the interest, as another also noted. Difficult to say why. It's very stagy. In fact, I'm virtually certain it's based on a play by George Bernard Shaw, hence the political paradoxes. Did Mankowitz supply the extra dollop of Marxism? I thought it was also well-known that Sellers and Loren ignited like glue on the set; and perhaps this gives it such a strong undercurrent of non-explicit sensuality, intensifying the voyeuristic sensation. Well, all that equipment really is a treat. The ending is flat and very weak: it just fizzles out into nothing much, as though the script-writer simply couldn't think of a neat way of wrapping up the loose threads. Not exactly four-star, but better than Saving Private Ryan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sophia & Sellers pic October 10, 2009
Sophia Loren plays the daughter of a multi-millionaire who dies and she then up and marries her tennis instructor because of his "back hand". The instructor, who only married her for money runs off with another woman and Sophia is forced to take a look at herself and determine why, if she had so much more to offer her husband, did he up and choose someone else? She then contemplates suicide and it's upon trying to commit suicide that she meets Peter Sellers. Sellers plays a doctor in England of Indian descent who is devoted to helping the providing and treating the poor.
Sophia wants to build him a clinic with every modern convenience but the poor feel when they go there they're treated like another number. They even have to answer stupid questions like "sex". They feel the doctor should be able to take one good look and know whether they're male or female.
Sophia falls in love with this doctor who is unimpressed by her money and they make a bet ....she gives him $500 Lbs. He gives her 39 shillings.....within 3 months they are to meet again and find out what they did with their money. This seems to be the only way that either of them can determine if the other is actually worthy. I cannot imagine any man turning down a marriage proposal from Sofia Loren. I know I certainly would not. I have read the reviews and discovered that the American print is not good. I have the British version which is a region 2. It is a beautiful print of the film. The film appears to be just made and released. Sophia is absolutely breathtaking and Sellers proves he can be comical or dramatic. This movie has it's humor but also has life lessons within it's plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If it wasn't for Sophia Loren's fine ass in this movie I would have...
It says DVD but what I got was a pal movie that only plays on your computer. If it wasn't for Sophia Loren's fine ass in this movie I would have cut it off at the beginning.
Published 7 days ago by Ronald Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sofia
I Love Sofia Loren her movies,She wore so many good outfits in this moviethis is a good one but I aready it! Exellant service! Read more
Published 5 months ago by bill horrom
4.0 out of 5 stars Not All DVDs Are Created Equal So Shop Carefully!
After reading the first review of "The Millionairess" (1960) here I made sure to heed the warning about the Fox Lorber DVD of this movie (which is what this listing is for). Read more
Published 10 months ago by ARichardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as I rembered it
The movie is a clasic and will be watched again and again. Very happy to recomend it to anyone who likes these stars.
Published 17 months ago by William J. Valvo II
1.0 out of 5 stars Unmitigated bomb
Several years before the "Pink Panther" series began, Peter Sellers seems to have gone through a silly period. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by James T. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars You WILL see Sophia Loren in black stockings and a girdle
You WILL see Sophia Loren in black stockings and a girdle.

In my opinion, this is Sophia Loren second best movie (a boy on a dolphin is her best).
Published on September 4, 2011 by Skyhawk
3.0 out of 5 stars a strange comedy
An Indian doctor and an Italian-British millionaire make a strange pair in this film. It appears that the doctor can't be bought though she tries,
but in the end they settle... Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by Roger Bagula
1.0 out of 5 stars not in cinemaScope but in Pan and scan
The Dvd does not offer the CinemaScope version .It,s like flat Coca cola
Published on August 7, 2006 by mentuhotep
4.0 out of 5 stars The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth(and Sophia)
There are obvious flaws in this film. For starters, it suffers from extreme staginess. It's socialist message is not so much delivered but bludgeoned home. Read more
Published on October 11, 2005 by David Baldwin
1.0 out of 5 stars the horror of pan and scan
Too bad this is pan and scan .The film is utterly charming but the pan and scan detracts from everything particularly the sets and of course the actors . Read more
Published on July 25, 2005 by mentuhotep
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