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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Harry Guardino, Eduardo Ciannelli
  • Directors: Melville Shavelson
  • Writers: Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Betsy Drake
  • Producers: Jack Rose
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Sept. 1992
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CM10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

When a civil servant's life takes a turn for the worse he attempts to put it back in line by first employing a nanny to tame his three wild children. But when Sophia Loren arrives to take charge his bad luck has only just begun on the rocky path to a happy ending.

Customer Reviews

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By F. Mclachlan on 5 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
spoilt rich girl who longs to lead a normal life, takes up a job as a nanny/housekeeper with a widowed, wealthy businessman who doesn't know her secret...
This is the kind of film that Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping try to be! Good as those films are, they still can't match this one. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Sophia Loren is amazing (according to Hollywood gossip it spilled over into real life too!), the comedy is timed to perfection and the lavish sets and wardrobe is impeccable as always in those days. If you love the old style romantic comedies, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rama Rao on 19 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Director Melville Shavelson is known for directing some successful romantic comedies involving families; two divorced adults and their offspring's. He takes credit for not only Houseboat, but also for "Yours, Mine and Ours," casting some successful stars of the day. This family drama casts Cary Grant as Tom Winters, a widower trying to raise three children alone away from his work at Washington D.C. to country side closer to relatives of his former wife. His young children love the younger sister of their mother but Tom is not too thrilled about dating her. Instead he meets a young Italian named Cinzia (Sophia Loren) who is a socialite trying to get away from her overprotective father. Initially there is no romance between the two, and in addition, his kids are less than thrilled when she is hired to work as nanny. Things get rocky but soon all ends well when they feel that they need each other. Parts of this movie were filmed on the Potomac River and Piscataway Creek at Fort Washington marina. This is an excellent family movie, which I recommend very highly.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By michelle.hurst@virgin.net on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Cary Grant has few opportunities in this film to be the suave urbanite seducer we know and love him for - after all he has three children, no wife and an interfering family to cope with! Having said that, he shows his unfailing comic timing and while Sophia Loren is playing as usual, Sophia Loren, there are some nice touches. She's on the run and takes a job as housekeeper, mending hearts and bringing the family together. The dance scene is well done, giving Grant some great lines and allowing Sophia to shimmy around in a tight gold frock. Of course everyone lives happily ever after and it's amusing - it's just not one of his best. Sophia Loren is mis-cast - you can't help thinking that Ingrid Bergman would have done it so much better - but well, has Cary Grant ever been in a stinker?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Houseboat is directed by Melville Shavelson who also co-writes the screenplay with Jack Rose. It stars Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert, Harry Guardino and Mimi Gibson. A Vista Vision production in Technicolor, music is by George Duning and cinematography by Ray June.

Widower Tom Winters (Grant) is reunited with his three estranged young children and finds they don't particularly think too highly of him. Struggling to pay them due care and attention and commit to his work, salvation may come in the guise of Cinzia Zaccardi (Loren), the daughter of a famous Italian conductor whose firm hand at parenting has led to Cinzia running away. Even though she has no discernible skills for the job, Tom hires Cinzia to be the maid to the Winters family, which once they wind up living on a rickety houseboat, has life affirming consequences for all of them.

Family drama, a romantic comedy, a 54 year old Cary Grant as the romantic lead opposite a 24 year old Sophia Loren as the prime love interest. Behind the scenes sparks as Grant yearns deeply to be Loren's better half, to which she responds by marrying Carlo Ponti, while Grant's then wife, Betsy Drake, gets passed over for the role given to Loren in a film based on an original script that she wrote herself! All that and the film leans heavily on three moppet characters. Had to be a miserable failure, surely?

Thankfully no. Houseboat is an utterly delightful picture, a throwback to time when Hollywood knew how to produce charming family friendly movies. Propelled by Grant, the man who could find chemistry with a door, the pic may not hold any surprise with its outcome, but the comedy is strong throughout and the family values inherent are rich with their story telling rewards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Naveed H. Siddiqui on 9 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
The glamourous Sophia Loren, the on-screen chemistry and the feel-good factor all combined make this a classic must have.
A little thin on the plot but other factors compensate.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love this film. The chemistry between the beautiful Sophia Loren and the dashing Cary Grant is entralling. The songs are sweet and the conversation between Cary and his son sticks with you. The relationships build gently and with humour and the pompous country club set are dealt a suitable blow by Sophia. This is a great film
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is a lovely lighthearted film that I watched with my three children. Curl up on the sofa on a Sunday with a box of chocolates and spend time with the kids. We all enjoyed the film and my children have watched it four more times without me. It's great that there are films out there with no swearing etc. in them. It was fine for all of us, from age 3 to 34.
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