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Three Coins In the Fountain (1954)

Clifton Webb , Dorothy McGuire , Jean Negulesco  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Maggie McNamara
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Writers: John H. Secondari, John Patrick
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B15Y2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Three Coins In the Fountain" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A charming romantic comedy about three American roommates working in Italy who wish for the men of their dreams after throwing coins into Rome's magnificent Trevi Fountain.

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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Italian Postcard. November 9, 2004
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I must be honest--I bought "Three Coins in the Fountain" because I thought my wife would enjoy it. How right I was ! At the risk of sounding sexist, this 1954 production is definitely a movie aimed at women--and men wanting to impress women--it was probably a great "date flick" !

The plot is quite conventional, standard soap opera fare. Three young and single American women are employed as secretaries in Rome. They are played by Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, and--as "the new kid on the block"--Maggie McNamara. Of course, all three find romance, not to mention ever-changing wardrobes and lavish living accommodations. In 1954, secretaries must have made a bundle in Italy ! For gorgeous and seductive Ms. Peters, romance comes in the form of a ruggedly handsome Italian law student, Rossano Brazzi ( later to have Mitzi Gaynor swooning in "South Pacific" ). Young, naive Ms. McNamara attracts the attention of an Italian prince with a womanizing reputation

( Louis Jourdan, a poster boy for charm and sophistication ). She has to wait for much of the film, but Ms. McGuire is finally "noticed" by her stuffy, self-absorbed boss and best-selling author ( Clifton Webb, very badly cast as a romantic lead ). These relationships go through various predictable complications, with the steamy Peters/Brazzi pairing as the most realistic.

However, at this point, we should mention the real star of this film--Italy. Has that country ever been photographed more beautifully than in "Three Coins" ? This is one of the earliest Cinemascope productions, shot on location in colour--the views of Rome, the Italian countryside, and spectacular Venice are breath-taking.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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I don't think you'll find much to top this opener, with the fountains of Rome being turned on one by one while Frank Sinatra croons an ulta-smooth rendition of the title song. Ohhhh!
This movie has a lot going for it after the opening song too, (unlike "Raintree County" for instance), so you'll be riveted to the screen. For starters, it's a wonderful travelogue of Rome, in glorious technicolor. And then, it boasts three of my favorite actors, none of whom ever gave a bad performance: Clifton Webb, Louis Jourdan, and Rosanno Brazzi.
These men each figure in a love story with one of three American secretaries living in Rome, respectively Dorothy McGuire, Maggie McNamara, and Jean Peters. In Webb's case, he is McGuire's boss, and has been totally unaware of her real feelings these past ten years. Jourdan is a wealthy playboy used to preying on innocent young girls who's having the tables turned on him by the very predatory McNamara. And lovelorn Rosanno Brazzi--who always makes my pulse flutter--has been pining after Peters, but afraid to tell her of his love, since he believes her engaged to another. How these unlikely scenarios resolve themselves is a delight for the viewer. Take my advice on this one: If you want to be swept away some night by romantic escapism, "Three Coins in the Fountain" is your best bet.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Romance October 23, 2000
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Don't listen to that malcontent Shadow Woman. This is an old-fashioned, lush romantic movie of the fifties. The scenery is beautiful as is Louis Jourdan. The plot is handled wonderfully. There are no boring stretches. The movie has funny moments, but the prevailing theme is unrequited love. Don't miss this movie.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine romantic story and slice of post-WWII life June 14, 1999
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Although I had been touting this movie to my (somewhat younger) Wife for years as a charming "chick flick" I remembered my Mother taking me to in the 50s (when I was much younger), I was surprised at how good it was when we watched it the other night. I had searched stores for it with no luck, finally located it on, and brought it home. In addition to keeping my Wife's rapt attention with the fine romantic story lines (3, as in Coins), the movie is an excellent slice of both post-WWII American expatriate and Italian life. It stands up well on all measures to what is out there today. It's a must-see for a woman, and a can-easily-sit-through for a guy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 1950s romance August 30, 1999
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European travels became popular subject matter in American movies in the 1950s and 1960s, perhaps because Americans were visiting Europe in record numbers (the strong post-war dollar was a help). While movies such as "Summertime" and "Roman Holiday" are of better quality from a critical standpoint, "Three Coins in the Fountain" is also extremely good. The plot concerns the lovelife of three American secretaries working in Rome. While dated, it remains great, light entertainment and will make you want to see Rome for yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant, glossy romantic confection March 7, 2006
THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN is one of the more delightful romantic comedy confections from the `Golden Era' of Hollyood. Spawning the hit single from Frank Sinatra and based on the book by John H. Secondari, the film is filled with fabulous performances and of course the highly-cinematic visuals of Rome at the height of summer.

The story is about three American secretaries living in Rome (Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara). All three women toss their lucky coins into the Trevi Fountain, hoping that their romantic dreams of finding `Mr Right' will come to fruition. This being Hollywood, you can count on a happy ending...or in this case, three happy endings.

The film gives equal screen time to the three romances, there really is no starring role in this film, it is happily an ensemble piece. Dorothy McGuire and Clifton Webb are sensational and hilarious playing the unlikely, older pairing; with Jean Peters and Rossano Brazzi as the middle pair; and Maggie McNamara and Louis Jourdan playing the younger romance.

Directed by Jean Negulesco (who had just come from the huge success of "How to Marry a Millionaire"), THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN is still a delightful film experience with the stunning CinemaScope photography and outstanding performances from all concerned.
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