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Three Coins in the Fountain Reviews

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September 10, 2011
What a disappointment! Was so looking forward to seeing this movie because of its critical acclaim and its association with the beautiful Trevi Fountain in Rome--and the saving grace of the movie was only the beautiful scenes of Rome. If you want to relive your experience in Rome, enjoy images leading up to a visit there, or just dream about it, go with "Roman Holiday" instead anytime!
August 2, 2011
Doesn't look bad, but doesn't look good either.
½ July 29, 2011
A really great film.
July 29, 2011
Some great cinematography, the beauty of Rome is used to maximum effect. The plot of this film has some similarities to How to Marry a Millionaire but never reaches the heights or humour of it's superior predecessor. Out of the three couples, one pair is genuinely unlikeable and makes for a solidly boring half an hour. Not awful, but unnecessary considering all the films about three women trying to get married.
July 3, 2011
One very dragged out plot whose ending can't save it.
½ March 24, 2011
It was ok, cute but a little too neat and convinient for me..... not much a fan of the fairy tale endings. The whole film, especially the ending seemed a little too naive and unrealistic, but then again those were different times. I loved the fashion though, everyone looked so dashing and smart. Clifton Webb was cool though and I always like Louis Jordan, he just exudes charm.
January 21, 2011
A supprisingly delightful melodrama which has a little more substance than other 50's romances, the majority of the cast give a good performance, Clifton Webb plays the pompus clueless writer well; its basically an old fashioned romance.

Three women living in Rome drop coins into the mystical trevi fountain and gradually romance blossoms infront of their eyes. Some of the dialogue is a little mondane and fake and so loses focus and interest.
½ January 13, 2011
Perfectly competent melodrama, with glorious Italian vistas.
December 24, 2010
One very dragged out plot whose ending can't save it.
½ December 19, 2010
**1/2 (out of four)

A romantic drama from 1954 that was nominted for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It doesn't hold up well. Its rose-colored glasses are far too rosey and an annoying performance from young Maggie McNamara help sink the film. The wonderful scenery of Rome helps a little...but not enough.

The film revolves around three young women travelling in Rome. They each throw a coin into the famed Trevi Fountain with the hopes that romance will come their way. And of course it does.

The great Clifton Webb comes off best.
½ November 14, 2010
Sometimes its fun to enter a movie with absolutely NO expectations. I had NO idea what this film was about before starting. I see the Cinemascope at the beginning and can make a prejudicial judgement that the movie is either going to be a sprawling epic; or some light-hearted / light-on-script fare that is being compensated for with brilliant technicolor cinematography that carried the mediocrity all the way to an Oscar nomination.

And then I hear Frank Sinatra's theme song and realize that I'm going to be subjected to the latter. Which may be okay. The opening 5 minutes already showed more spectacular imagery of Rome than the entire duration of William Wyler's directorial flop of last year's "Roman Holiday". Hell, even a shot of the airport terminal has a grandiose wonder about it.
So clearly, I'll be on this movie's side as long as we continue to see this much of Italy.

The plot seems simple enough. And girly. One secretary for a US agency is leaving to find love back home. Her replacement has just arrived and is looking for her own romantic prospects. Maggie McNamara is fine in this role, but pales, of course, to Audrey Hepburn, which loses some enjoyment.

The absurd part comes because of American women's obsession with "royalty". A prince is met at some societal function. The prince takes a liking to our new emigrant. But he's also clearly a skeeve horndog, effectively played by Louis Jourdan (look him up- you'll know him).

This plot is mixed with the subplot of the exiting secretary getting romantically involved with an Italian coworker. That subplot takes a backseat while film continues with the main plot in a very annoying way, as the newbie Italian secretary spends 30-40 minutes manipulating the prince into liking her. In all honesty, she actually stalks him; going to his hang outs to find out personal stuff about him and then passes it off as her own ideas so that he can think that he's found someone just like him.

A second subplot involves a more "experienced" American lady. This one a secretary for some famous author. So, again, the focus of the plot is on girls trying to get successful men to fall in love with them. Or, as in the other subplot, a girl getting her love interest a good job.
So if you're looking for some great cityscapes/landscapes of Italy, check this film out. If you're looking for anything more substantive in plot than a romantic comedy with no real jokes, then skip it.
Super Reviewer
November 9, 2010
Not a bad movie, but it's really just another romantic comedy, which just happens to be set in Italy. It has it's moments, but overall it's not a great movie.
October 27, 2010
This film is charming and simple as well as beautiful. Its vintage appeal makes it a joy to watch and leaves you with the same warm-fuzzies that most modern rom-coms try for.
½ January 20, 2010
Very well produced and it?s a good melodrama. The cast is terrific, especially Clifton Webb. Catchy title song and the score is excellent. Good costumes.
½ January 20, 2010
Very well produced and it?s a good melodrama. The cast is terrific, especially Clifton Webb. Catchy title song and the score is excellent. Good costumes.
May 23, 2009
A nice old-fashioned romantic movie from the fifties. The scenery is exceptionally beautiful, it would make any viewer long to go to Rome!
April 29, 2009
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.,..i think that cathleen nesbitt, clifton webb, dorothy mcguire, kathryn civney, jean peters, howard st john, rossano brazzim maggie mcnamara, louis jourdan play good roles/parts throughout this movie..i think that the director of this classic/romance movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its a good movie 2 watch n its really enjoyable 2 watch
½ December 3, 2008
Some really great moments and others that were just bleh. McGuire is dependable, though. Even with typical chick-flicky material.
½ November 23, 2008
A quaint little love story. I enjoyed watching it and I was happy when they all got their wishes. :)
½ November 16, 2008
Strong performances and the backdrop of the Trevi fountain are wonderful. However, this movie is an ultimate chick-flick film.
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