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  • Format: NTSC, Color, Letterboxed, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DHBBSG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Grace Kelly is gloriously, glamorously regal in this retelling of Ferenc Molnar's romantic fable about a shy princess whose head tells her to wed a worldly Crown Prince (Alec Guinness), but whose heart is drawn to a dashing commoner (Louis Jourdan). Garbed in dreamy Helen Rose gowns, surrounded by Mittel-European opulence, the leading lady dances, duels, flirts, falls in love and makes even the most jaded moviegoer want to believe in fairy tales. And just to prove that fairy tales can come true, Kelly became a real-life princess as The Swan went into release, marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco in a magnificent royal wedding that captured the world's imagination. Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead, Jessie Royce Landis, Brian Aherne, Leo G. Carroll, Estelle Winwood, Van Dyke Parks * Studio: Warner Bros. * Screen Aspect: 16 X 9 LETTERBOX * Run Time: 108 minutes * Packaging Type: Amaray Case * Copyright: The Swan © 1956 Turner Entertainment Co. Package Design © 2010 Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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Grace Kelly does an outstanding job as the Princess Alexandra.
Mary K. Brown
It reminds you once again that love and romance are luxuries royals cannot afford.
d'Banana
It's a colorful film with some lovely costumes and good acting.
Rosella Ann Myles

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By d'Banana on December 6, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
When I bought the video by accident, I was expecting a cliche-type of movie. The kind of sugary set-ups Hollywood dishes to its innocent 1950's audience. But as the movie progressed, this assumption was immediately put in doubt. Halfway through it, I was so engrossed by the characters and the story, that I had no idea how it would all end and who would get the girl. That's how well-written this movie is. It makes you sympathetic to all the characters. Here, there is no one person who is the designated evil one. The only villain here is the social situation. A situation that has the characters caged by their social positions and what is expected of them.
Grace Kelly plays Princess Alexandra, a member of a royal family without its own throne or crown. Predictably, Alexandra's mother hopes her beautiful daughter will marry the Crown Prince Albert (the excellent Alec Guinness) so they may regain the family's prestige and financial security. Alexandra knows this is her duty and the rest of the royal family , including the tutor, Professor Agi (Louis Jourdan), who happens to be secretly in love with the remote Princess, understands this. But when the Prince visits the family, he is indiffirent to Alexandra, finding her cold and icy. Beatrice, Alexandra's mother, desperate to snag the Prince, orders her daughter to flirt with the unsuspecting Professor in order to make the Prince jealous. But things get complicated when real feelings are finally revealed.
Much of the success of this movie cna be credited to the witty script and the excellent performance of the cast. Grace Kelly was perfect as the elegant Princess who seemed unattainable. She is an excellent actress. Her gradual transformation from remote icicle to a woman deeply in love is a marvel to watch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on July 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Director: Charles Vidor

Studio: Warner Home Video

Video Release Date: December 5, 1990

Cast:

GraceKelly ... Princess Alexandra

Alec Guinness ... Prince Albert

Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Nicholas Agi

Agnes Moorehead ... Queen Maria Dominika

Jessie Royce Landis ... Princess Beatrix

Brian Aherne ... Father Hyacinth

Leo G. Carroll ... Caesar

Estelle Winwood ... Symphorosa

Van Dyke Parks ... George

Christopher Cook ... Arsene

Robert Coote ... Captain Wunderlich

Doris Lloyd ... Countess Sibenstoyn

Edith Barrett ... Elsa

Bess Flowers ... Guest at the Ball

This is a wonderful story. It is said that Grace Kelly was responsible for the movie being made in the first place. She liked the story and persuaded the studio to make it. Princess Beatrix (Jessie Royce Landis) is a domineering mother of an erstwhile royal family, ousted from the throne in the past by Napoleon, whose name she forbids the use of in her house.

Prince Albert (Alec Guinness), her cousin, and the current crown prince, is coming to visit the household for a few days. The queen, his mother, Queen Maria Dominika (Agnes Moorehead), will join him shortly. Princess Beatrix has designs on Albert marrying her daughter, Princess Alexandra (Grace Kelly), in order to restore the family to the throne when Albert gets the crown.

But there is a thorn in Beatrix's plan. The tutor to her two small sons and Alexandra, in fencing, Dr. Nicholas Agi (Louis Jourdan), although considered to be low class and below consideration by Beatrix (and therefor also by Alexandra) is in love with Alexandra.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This movie has an above average script and is not a typical MGM film. The acting is excellent, the set beautiful, and the costumes divine. It is an altogether charming film. I found the ending very satisfactory and pleasantly surprising. I also think it is extremely remiss of the other reviewers to give away the ending of this movie before potential buyers have watched it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is the kind of movie that nowadays would be scoffed at as too sentimental & bittersweet. I enjoyed it, however, if for no other reason than that of Grace Kelly's exquisite beauty and presence. She has the kind of face that makes one weep. Alec Guiness & Louis Jourdan are great in this, as well. One of the film's strong points is that Alec Guiness's character, Prince Albert, is portrayed not as an obnoxious, unlikeable villain--as might be the case in more cliched versions of this not very original story--but rather as a basically decent, albeit quirky, bachelor matter-of-factly going about the business of trying to find a queen. One ends up rather liking his character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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When I first glimpsed the title of this movie, I thought it would be a fairy tale, but that is not true. The situations and realities of this movie are those that one might expect to have been played out in real life. Grace Kelly shines as the "ice princess." She perfectly characterizes Princess Alexandra. However, the real praise should go to Louis Jourdan, who I thought played the part of the lovestruck professor brilliantly. This is a movie for anyone who loves Grace Kelly, Louis Jourdan, or love stories in general.
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