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Royal Wedding (1951)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 2

Vintage MGM musical stuff, characterized by Stanley Donen's fleet direction and some amazing dance performances from star Fred Astaire.

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

Vintage MGM musical stuff, characterized by Stanley Donen's fleet direction and some amazing dance performances from star Fred Astaire.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Two real-life events were incorporated into the plot of the 1951 MGM musical Royal Wedding. One, the marriage of Fred Astaire's sister Adele to a British nobleman had occurred years earlier; the other, the wedding of England's Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip was only four years in the past. MGM would probably have gotten Royal Wedding out closer to the Elizabeth-Philip nuptials, but the picture had leading-lady problems; every girl who was cast either became pregnant, ill, or otherwise

PG,

Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

Alan Jay Lerner

Jul 8, 1997

MGM Home Entertainment

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This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A pleasant enough score by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, helped out by Donen's stylish direction.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One swell number, three or four that are good, a laugh here, a laugh there; colored newsreels of the British royal wedding and so long pal. Mr. Astaire has fared better in his lifetime -- and he has also fared much worse.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This is the one in which Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling, an impeccably executed bit of movie magic and a sublime expression of Donen's love for the medium.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It looks like a million bucks, and it's easy to like, and for [producer Arthur] Freed, that was what mattered.

July 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

When all is said and done, Stanley Donen's first solo directorial assignment, after his work with Gene Kelly, is a lovely bit of frou-frou.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The plot of this Stanley Donen musical is slender, but it doesn't matter as it features some of Astaire's best dancing, including a number in which he dances on the walls and ceiling.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Family entertainment doesn't get any livelier.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Embarrassing nonsense that is barely saved by three classic musical numbers.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Stanley Donen in his maiden Gene Kelly-less launch

March 21, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The slight story is considerably improved by the lively music.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fine MGM musical with wonderful highlight of Astaire dancing on ceiling, walls, etc.

February 21, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Though famous for the number where Astaire dances on the ceiling, this is lower grade material.

September 9, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An above average MGM musical, highlighted by Astaire's amazing dance on the ceiling.

May 3, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The film's saving grace is Astaire, and the most famous number 'You're All the World to Me' has him dancing on walls and the ceiling in a tour de force by star, director and choreographer.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Mostly I sat amazed at Astaire's dancing.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for Royal Wedding

If you love silly love stories with song and dance numbers and a happy ending, you'll like this movie, not love it, but like it. Personally I was bored with all the dancing, and the story didn't keep my interest, but it's not that bad.
October 28, 2010
ajv2688

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I wasnt crazy about Jane Powell's singing but hey! its fred Astaire. DANCING ON THE CIELING! nothing can go wrong. His girl is not that pretty though...
April 19, 2010
MissMorganLeee
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

I think MGM musicals are delightful little jewels, no matter how formulaic they can get. And Stanley Donen is the king of all things singing and dancing. So naturally this was going to be good before I even saw it. The dancing is top notch and Jane Powell is so adorable even though I don't like her voice. And Fred Astaire is ageless, floats with a grace I've never seen on anyone else. It's definitely not the best musical I've ever seen but it's thoroughly enjoyable (even though the girl Astaire got with at the end is ugly...) escapsim!
August 15, 2008
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

Pleasant but missing that special spark that the greatest MGM musicals have
August 4, 2007
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jay nixon

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