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on 15 August 2005
This most fondly remembered film from the 1950's is romantic escapism at its finest and most frivolous. There are no deeper meanings here, just a beautiful and colorful dish of Rome garnished with three equally pleasing romantic stories. An attractive cast and an appropriately romantic score from the great Victor Young make this film based on John H. Secondari's popular novel of the day a rousing success. Sinatra's fine rendition of the Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn title song doesn't hurt a bit either.
Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara are three secretaries who follow the tradition of throwing a coin over their shoulder into the beautiful fountains in Rome and making a wish. The wish is supposed to be about staying in Rome forever, but of course is really about finding love and staying in Rome forever.
Frances (McGuire) is in love with her boss John Shadwell (Clifton Webb), a famous writer who has been in romantic Rome many years, yet can't see what everyone else already knows. Anita (Jean Peters) is going back home to America in two weeks so breaks office rules when she accepts an invitation from Georgio (Rossano Brazzi) to the country for a weekend. And Maria (Maggie McNamara) is the new arrival, enraptured by the beauty of Rome and a playboy Prince (Louis Jourdan) she sets her sights on.
Nothing is rushed in Rome as one of the girls explains to newcomer Maria, and neither will this film be. Each story takes its time but the scenery is so beautiful you never get bored, not even for a moment. There are complications to each romance I'll refrain from revealing here, so there will at least be a few surprises awaiting you if you have not seen this before.

The film begins at the fountains in Rome and will end there, with the title song being sung by a chorus as everyone's romantic sory is sorted out in enjoyable fashion. Color was only good in musicals and escapist fare like this. Here the glorious technicolor should get star billing, as it holds our attention even during the more leisurely moments of the story.
If you don't want a heavy meal but like to go straight to the desert instead, you can't go wrong with this one. A great film to kill a couple of hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
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on 15 May 2005
This most fondly remembered film from the 1950's is romantic escapism at its finest and most frivolous. There are no deeper meanings here, just a beautiful and colorful dish of Rome garnished with three equally pleasing romantic stories. An attractive cast and an appropriately romantic score from the great Victor Young make this film based on John H. Secondari's popular novel of the day a rousing success. Sinatra's fine rendition of the Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn title song doesn't hurt a bit either.
Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara are three secretaries who follow the tradition of throwing a coin over their shoulder into the beautiful fountains in Rome and making a wish. The wish is supposed to be about staying in Rome forever, but of course is really about finding love and staying in Rome forever.
Frances (McGuire) is in love with her boss John Shadwell (Clifton Webb), a famous writer who has been in romantic Rome many years, yet can't see what everyone else already knows. Anita (Jean Peters) is going back home to America in two weeks so breaks office rules when she accepts an invitation from Georgio (Rossano Brazzi) to the country for a weekend. And Maria (Maggie McNamara) is the new arrival, enraptured by the beauty of Rome and a playboy Prince (Louis Jourdan) she sets her sights on.
Nothing is rushed in Rome as one of the girls explains to newcomer Maria, and neither will this film be. Each story takes its time but the scenery is so beautiful you never get bored, not even for a moment. There are complications to each romance I'll refrain from revealing here, so there will at least be a few surprises awaiting you if you have not seen this before.
The film begins at the fountains in Rome and will end there, with the title song being sung by a chorus as everyone's romantic sory is sorted out in enjoyable fashion. Color was only good in musicals and escapist fare like this. Here the glorious technicolor should get star billing, as it holds our attention even during the more leisurely moments of the story.
If you don't want a heavy meal but like to go straight to the desert instead, you can't go wrong with this one. A great film to kill a couple of hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
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Can't add much to the big review above, other than to say that the Rome of 1953 when this was filmed looks absolutely stunning in colour and the very wide 2.55:1 format. The lack of traffic adds to the idealised portrayal of the city and makes you yearn to be able to see it in the same way.

The story is a very enjoyable romance which finds every excuse to get out into the beautiful scenery, with the quality of the picture being significantly better than you'd probably expect from a film of this age.

Absolutely perfect for a miserable afternoon when you just want something bright, cheery and escapist to wash over you and transport you back to happier, simpler times.
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on 14 August 2012
you can come to this from 2 angles...the absolutely gorgeous scenery or as a delicious rom com.You could just watch it for the stunning locations (suprisingly devoid of people)or just let the story gently enfold you.O.K its all very light,every body lives happily ever after and its very unrealistic but sometimes you need this sort of thing and this film delivers this in spades without getting sugary.I suppose its really what they used to call a "womans film" but who cares,the acting is first rate and its all in stunning colour
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on 29 November 2009
Three Coins in the Fountain is most probably one of the first Hollywood films fully shot in Italy and thus starting a trend in the movies of the fifties and sixties,where more that the story-line,the Italian landscape and temperamental Italians played a big role.

In this film everything in the story is predictable. The plot-line is wafer-thin: three nubile American girls looking for the loves of their lives and how they got them. I enjoyed the film solely due to the Italian landscape, to be precise, in Rome and Venice. One sees the Rome and Venice after the World War II, much before the cars and tourists captured the Italian roads and tourist places. Rome and Venice in this film is devoid of cars and tourists. These cities look almost like small towns.

The cinematography of the film is marvellous esp. the aerial sequences over Venice. After all the film has won an Oscar for best cinematography.

Just a feel good film, dolce niente. Good for a rainy winter evening!!
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on 7 November 2012
Filmed in Rome in the early 1950's, a simple story about well brought up and well dressed young American ladies finding True Love. Nothing terribly unusual - girls meet boys, lose boys and find boys again in time for final credits. What makes the film a joy are the shots of Rome, Venice and the Italian countryside at that time. Beautiful! The cities are uncrowded, and there is very little traffic in Rome (even less in Venice). According to those who remember it, traffic in Italy really was very sparse at that time. Escapist entertainment pure and simple.
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on 22 September 2014
I saw this film in the 1950's as a young boy. My aunts took me to the cinema one evening, probably to keep me out of mischief. I was only 10, but I loved it - the music, the actors, the gorgeous Rome locations and the storyline. I was delighted to discover that it is every bit as warm and romantic and entertaining today. I am still singing the theme song.
Gerry Mc Menemy.
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on 19 April 2015
I love these classic movies. They are just great. But especially Summertime with Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi. Thats my all time favorite. The colors, the story, the courtesy of a period in time when movies were still yems. You have to watch it to believe it. Beautiful Venice and Rome. Great background to take one up in ones dreams for a better world. The world was more different then in all matters. And all this i say as a person that is born many year later than the making of these Pearls. Watch them and you understand what i mean. Bliss.
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on 17 February 2011
im 21 so unfortunley couldnt enjoy this film when it came out but after catching it on tv one lazy afternoon i got it off amazon to add to my old movies collection.its very easy viewing if you want to be entertained, and you will feel good after watching its visually beatiful too being set in rome with all the scenery.Even though its about love the freindship aspect is very endearing too if you like old movies and a bit of romance defo watch this!!! but I wouldnt recommend if you dont lol
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on 27 February 2009
A charming story and wonderful location shots of Rome AND Venice.
A nice film for your collection which can be watched again, and again.
Good for a rainy day.
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