Rome Adventure

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Overview

Delmer Daves directs this cross between a travelog and a routine romantic drama set in Italy. The story begins when beautiful librarian Prudence a misnomer, played by Suzanne Pleshette decides to take off for Italy. She works in a women's college and was brought up short for recommending a racy book to one of the students. In a huff, she opts to go to the land of opera and find out if Italian men are as romantic as legend maintains. Once there, she runs into Roberto Rossano Brazzi, who is likely to prove the ...
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Overview

Delmer Daves directs this cross between a travelog and a routine romantic drama set in Italy. The story begins when beautiful librarian Prudence a misnomer, played by Suzanne Pleshette decides to take off for Italy. She works in a women's college and was brought up short for recommending a racy book to one of the students. In a huff, she opts to go to the land of opera and find out if Italian men are as romantic as legend maintains. Once there, she runs into Roberto Rossano Brazzi, who is likely to prove the legend true, and meets Don Troy Donahue, an American running away from the love of his life, Lyda Angie Dickinson. Between the glamour and the setting, Daves has geared this fluffy tale for the more innocent-minded teen set.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Rome Adventure belongs to an earlier, simpler time -- but it was not a good movie even then. That's not to say that Rome doesn't have some pleasures. For one thing, its simplicity, naivete and "innocence" (albeit of the manufactured Hollywood variety) can be quite amusing, especially to viewers who are fond of mocking such qualities. But it does have some legitimate assets, chief among them the lush Charles Lawton cinematography, which does an excellent job of capturing beautiful Italian landscapes and architecture. Indeed, the "travelogue" aspect of the film is quite seductive; it may add nothing to the film's drama, but it certainly makes the going much smoother. There's also Suzanne Pleshette, who is always worth watching. Granted, she's miscast here as a fretful virgin; Pleshette is simply too worldly wise to get away with that disguise, but she's also too good an actress to not have fun with it. Angie Dickinson is also on hand as some delicious eye candy, with Troy Donahue filling that role on the distaff side. But there's also the screenplay to deal with, a trite and contrived mishmash that hasn't an honest dramatic bone in its body. Delmer Daves applies his usual smooth, knowing direction to the affair, as he did to many similar romances of the period, but it just isn't convincing here. He might have been better to have junked the script altogether and just filmed Pleshette, Donahue and Dickinson standing and waving in front of the gorgeous scenery.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • EAN: 4897007031245
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Source: Castaway Pictures
  • Region Code: 0
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,832

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Troy Donahue Don Porter
Angie Dickinson Lyda
Rossano Brazzi Roberto Orlandi
Suzanne Pleshette Prudence Bell
Constance Ford Daisy
Al Hirt Al
Hampton Fancher Albert Stillwell
Iphigenie Castiglioni Contessa
Chad Everett Young man
Gertrude Flynn Mrs. Riggs
Pamela Austin Agnes
Lili Valenty Angelina
Mary Patton Mrs. Bell
Maurice Wells Mr. Bell
Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Gordon Bau Makeup
Luigi Creatore Songwriter
C. Donida Songwriter
Irving Fineman Screenwriter
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Mogol Songwriter
Hugo Peretti Songwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
George Weiss Songwriter
Marvin Willens Stunts
William H. Ziegler Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rome Adventure
1. Lovers Must Learn [22:22]
2. Bon Voyage to Rome [21:15]
3. Don Takes Prudence to Rome Adventure [19:57]
4. A Room With a View [17:14]
5. Lyda Is Back [19:14]
6. To Be Free As a Woman Can Be [18:01]
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Disc #1 -- Rome Adventure
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      Traditional Chinese
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ah, young love!

    To this day the song "Al Di La" brings it all back. I saw this movie on my very first date, and after 45 years, it still evokes the same emotions: I want to tour Italy on the back of a VESPA, preferably with a gorgeous guy! Though a fairly shallow script, it's a great travelogue of Rome and Italy, and Troy Donahue is still way too good looking. Refreshing, too, is the high moral tone Prudence sets "insisting Troy sleep on the balcony". My granddaughter could watch this with me! I'm glad the chance came to relive this one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It was Great! Loved It!

    It was a great romantic movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Troy Donahue, Rome..What an ADVENTURE!!

    Rome Adventure is another great movie from 50's & 60's. They are a long time coming on dvd. Hopefully Susan Slade & Parrish are close behind. Also, lets get some tv series such as 77 Sunset Strip,Hawaiian Eye,Surfside 6, Bourbon Street Beat!!

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    Posted January 7, 2010

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