The Yellow Rolls Royce
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Featuring a star-studded international cast, gorgeous location photography, designer wardrobes, and a catchy Golden Globe Award-winning theme song--not to mention the glamorous automobile itself--this melodramatic travelogue follows a classic car as it changes the lives of three sets of owners. In the first episode, a British diplomat (Rex Harrison) buys the car for his French wife (Jeanne Moreau), who is dallying with her husband's colleague (Edmund Purdom) at a luxurious country estate. In the second episode, an Italian-American gangster (George C. Scott) tours his ancestral homeland with his gum-chewing blonde moll (Shirley MacLaine). When he returns to America to take care of business, his girl gets involved with a handsome Italian photographer (Alain Delon), aided by her chauffeur (Art Carney). And in the third episode, Omar Sharif teams with Ingrid Bergman in the story of a rich American widow who uses the Rolls to help a Yugoslavian freedom fighter.]]>
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You really can't go wrong being the next owner of The Yellow Rolls Royce.
Interestingly enough both Asquith and Rattigan teamed up before for a similar all star romp with the Taylor-Burton film "The VIPS" another story of intersecting lives brought together by a mode of transportation. In "The VIPS" it was airplanes and here in this charming film it is a resplendent canary yellow automobile.
To add to this heady cocktail the director has blended in a glittering all star cast of first rate talent from the early 1960's. This is a truly international roster of superstars each of which brings their unique talents and charms to bear on this film.
The story is in three acts encompassing events some years apart all involving the Rolls and how it came into and changed the lives of its various owners. In act one Rex Harrison is superb as being well, nothing less than Rex Harrison. The glamorous Jeanne Moreau shows her depth and considerable strengths as his wandering but loving wife. They sparkle and spark as an aristocratic English couple facing a major turning point in their marriage.
Act two really pops with comic genius flavored with a moving drama as Gangster George C. Scott takes his wisecracking Moll, Shirley MacLaine on a tour of Italy. Scott is revelatory in his roll and is complemented by Art Carney as his loyal and street wise right hand man. MacLaine channels a sharp, witty comic performance that stands with her best of the period.Read more ›
I rate it 4 stars because in all honesty, 5 stars implies "as good as it gets" and while its wonderful, its obviously not a Citizen Kane or a Bicycle Thief, but that having been said, it was an absolute amust for my collection.
The movie takes you on a tour of europe, from the life of a British Aristocrat, to the italian vacation of an american gangster, to the mountains of WWII era yugoslavia, and its a really wonderful journey. Rex Harrison is simply superb, and british director Asquith's familiarity with Britain and the English aristocracy of the time and its ways, makes the British portion of the movie the most detailed, accurate and authentic, and will entertain anglophiles, but George C Scott, Shirley Maclain, and Ingrid Bergman carry off the rest of it to perfection. They, helped along by the wonderful camera work, the locations and the sensitive story line, really make make for pleasurable diverting entertainment.
I wish it had been released as a Blu-ray, but for now I am just happy that they finally released this disc.
Fans of Rex Harrison must see this! For everyone else, its a wonderful, lighthearted adventure movie that looks at early 20th century europe with actors who are a real pleasure to watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watched this as a kid. Watched it again a couple of weeks ago as an almost senior citizen. Nice to see corny old fashioned entertainment that stands the test of time.Published 1 month ago by SK2020
There is only one reason to watch this movie - Bergman. One of her finest roles.Published 2 months ago by david fazio
I have always loved melodramatic star-studded movies. This one is my favorite mine. It is three tales of love found while riding in a 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jaime Contreras
If you have ever riden in or owned a 1930's Rolls Royce this is a must see movie. True treasure. And it's a true story. :)Published 7 months ago by Frolic
Watched it late night on TCM. It's great that at least one channel shows a period where movies were movies, and not CGI video games. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas M. Kensil
Worse than bad. It is not a comedy , is tragedies tied to a Yellow Rolls Royce.
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