Black Orchid

Black Orchid

Director: Martin Ritt

Cast: Martin Ritt, Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Mark Richman

     
 

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The title is Black Orchid, but the leading lady is a rose--florist Rose Bianco, played by Sophia Loren. Newly widowed, Rose holds herself responsible for the death of her husband, a well-known gangster. Anthony Quinn plays a widower who falls in love with Rose, much to the dismay of his daughter (Ina Balin), who fears that Quinn will be destroyed as thoroughlySee more details below

Overview

The title is Black Orchid, but the leading lady is a rose--florist Rose Bianco, played by Sophia Loren. Newly widowed, Rose holds herself responsible for the death of her husband, a well-known gangster. Anthony Quinn plays a widower who falls in love with Rose, much to the dismay of his daughter (Ina Balin), who fears that Quinn will be destroyed as thoroughly as Rose's first husband. All ends happily after Rose and her new beau align to find her unhappy runaway son (Jimmy Baird). Black Orchid tries too hard to be a "slice of life;" perhaps it might have fared better with a cast of unknowns, but then who'd go to see it?

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Black Orchid is a moderately enjoyable romantic melodrama that features the high-powered pairing of Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren. This duo gives Orchid a great deal of its appeal, yet the casting of Loren also mitigates its ultimate effectiveness. Both stars are in fine form, turning in captivating performances and exuding a sensual chemistry that is highly effective and very necessary in terms of the story. Quinn, very well cast, gives the role his all and is basically irresistible. He's also one of the few men strong enough to compete with Loren, who at this time easily blew away many of her co-stars with her sheer presence. Loren, for her part, clearly relishes the challenge that Quinn presents, and she is very effective in many of her dramatic moments. However, Loren doesn't totally convince as a lower-class immigrant; she's too sophisticated, too polished, lacking the rough edges that the script calls for. The screenplay is also problematic ' it's rather too melodramatic, and the psychological situation with Quinn's daughter is unconvincingly delineated and much too patly resolves. Loren's obsessive guilt also is stretched a bit too far, and her supposedly "at-risk" son comes across as too safe. Fortunately, director Martin Ritt plays up the strengths of his cast to help mask the flaws in the screenplay ' and the result is a movie that, while definitely flawed, is also easy to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929311699
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
10,067

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Rose Bianco
Anthony Quinn Frank Valente
Mark Richman Noble
Ina Balin Mary Valente
Virginia Vincent Alma Gallo
Frank Puglia Henry Gallo
Jimmy Baird Ralphie Bianco
Naomi Stevens Giulia Gallo
Whit Bissell Mr. Harmon
Robert Carricart Priest
Joe di Reda Joe
Majel Barrett Luisa
Zolya Talma Consuello

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Alessandro Cicognini Score Composer
Marcello Girosi Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Carlo Ponti Producer
Howard A. Smith Editor
Joseph Stefano Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Black Orchid
1. Chapter 1 [5:09]
2. Chapter 2 [7:58]
3. Chapter 3 [3:23]
4. Chapter 4 [4:10]
5. Chapter 5 [2:06]
6. Chapter 6 [7:41]
7. Chapter 7 [1:36]
8. Chapter 8 [7:47]
9. Chapter 9 [3:09]
10. Chapter 10 [3:55]
11. Chapter 11 [3:01]
12. Chapter 12 [6:19]
13. Chapter 13 [7:40]
14. Chapter 14 [:50]
15. Chapter 15 [6:32]
16. Chapter 16 [2:42]
17. Chapter 17 [4:20]
18. Chapter 18 [7:52]
19. Chapter 19 [1:40]
20. Chapter 20 [6:05]

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