Three Coins in the Fountain

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Overview

Adapted by playwright John Patrick from a novel by famed globetrotter/filmmaker John H. Secondari, Three Coins in the Fountain offers the splendors of Rome in Technicolor, CinemaScope and Stereophonic Sounds. For all its lovely picture-postcard images, the film is at base a reworking of 20th Century-Fox' favorite plotline: three pretty girls on the prowl for husbands. The three lovelies, who toss their coins in the Trevi fountain and wish for romance, include Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara. ...
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Overview

Adapted by playwright John Patrick from a novel by famed globetrotter/filmmaker John H. Secondari, Three Coins in the Fountain offers the splendors of Rome in Technicolor, CinemaScope and Stereophonic Sounds. For all its lovely picture-postcard images, the film is at base a reworking of 20th Century-Fox' favorite plotline: three pretty girls on the prowl for husbands. The three lovelies, who toss their coins in the Trevi fountain and wish for romance, include Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara. Before the film is over, McGuire has won over her icy employer Clifton Webb; Peters has "tamed" roving-eyed Rossano Brazzi; and McNamara finds happiness with prince Louis Jourdan. Three Coins in the Fountain won two Academy Awards: "Best Color Cinematography" (Milton Krasner), and "Best Song" (written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, and sung in the pre-credits sequence by an uncredited Frank Sinatra). The film was remade in 1965 as The Pleasure Seekers, and also served as the basis for a never-sold TV pilot starring Yvonne Craig, Cynthia Pepper and Joanna Moore.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; Movietone news footage: Academy Awards; Restoration comparison; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.55:1); Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround, English mono, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Three Coins in the Fountain is good melodrama thanks in large part to the film's Oscar-winning music and cinematography on the one hand and its shallow script on the other. Watching it confers on the viewer the same benefit as a noonday nap: pleasant oblivion. Frank Sinatra sings the title song, a winner that made Rome's Trevi Fountain -- into which visitors toss a coin to assure their eventual return to Rome -- one of the world's most famous landmarks. The story focuses on three American secretaries who fall in love in a Panglossian world in which nothing goes wrong, even when one of the beaus has six months to live. Audiences of the 1950s lapped it up, enabling them to escape their bomb shelters, McCarthy, and memories of World War II. The actors, who cheerfully recite their innocuous lines, include Maggie McNamara, Jean Peters, and Dorothy McGuire as men-hunting secretaries and Louis Jourdan, Rossano Brazzi, and Clifton Webb as their willing victims. The motion picture rises above itself with its beautiful images; the Eternal City never looked better. The dialogue contains nary a double-entendre, and none of the women reveals anything more than an ankle or a bare shoulder. But the film has its charm, and its Academy Award nomination as Best Picture proved that pleasant oblivion could vie with angst (as in 1954's On the Waterfront) for the hearts of the American filmgoing public.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • UPC: 024543119746
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,904

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifton Webb John Frederick Shadwell
Dorothy McGuire Miss Francis
Jean Peters Anita Hutchins
Louis Jourdan Prince Dino Di Cessi
Maggie McNamara Maria Williams
Rossano Brazzi Georgio Bianchi
Howard St. John Burgoyne
Cathleen Nesbitt Principessa
Mario Siletti Bartender
Alberto Morin Waiter
Dino Bolognese Headwaiter
Tony DeMario Venice Waiter
Willard Waterman Mr. Hoyt
Zachary Yaconelli Ticket Agent
Celia Lovsky Baroness
Renata Vanni Anna
Maurice Brierre Butler
Grazia Narciso Louisa the Maid
Gino Corrado Butler
Merry Anders Girl
Iphigenie Castiglioni
Kathryn Givney Mrs. Burgoyne
Charles La Torre Chauffeur
Vicente Padula Dr. Martinelli
Luciana Paluzzi Angela
Norma Varden Woman at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Sammy Cahn Score Composer, Songwriter
John De Cuir Art Director
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Gaston Glass Asst. Director
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
John Patrick Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Jule Styne Score Composer, Songwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Victor Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Three Coins in the Fountain [3:59]
2. Main Titles [1:08]
3. New Friends in an Old City [3:10]
4. Paying Homage to Trevi [1:28]
5. The Office Work Day [5:25]
6. The Predatory Prince [4:48]
7. Pinches, Parties and a Palazzo [3:16]
8. No Brakes in Rome [3:02]
9. An Invitation to Fly [3:14]
10. Georgio's Wish, Trevi's Promise [1:28]
11. A Waterway Wonderland [5:52]
12. Office Policies [4:43]
13. An Artful Ruse [5:00]
14. Playing to the Prince [2:59]
15. Confessions of Love and Deceit [4:47]
16. Love's Failure and a Proposal [3:55]
17. Planning His Demise [7:37]
18. Druken Truths [2:15]
19. A Man's Right to Lie [3:12]
20. Three Coins in the Fountain (Reprise) [8:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 4.0 Dolby Surround
      English Mono
      French Mono
      Spanish Mono
      Commentary
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Jeanine Basinger: On
      Commentary by Jeanine Basinger: Off
      Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer A
      Theatrical Trailer B
      Restoration Comparison
         Next
      Fox Movietone News
         Academy Awards
      Studio Classics
         All About Eve
         An Affair to Remember
         The Grapes of Wrath
         The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a favorite classic

    loved this movie when it was new, love it now. It is a classic that never grows old, we are all always yearning for that which we do not have and the romanticism of Rome, wow. Who wouldn't want the sound track to this great movie. I highly recommend it to young and old.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    FABULOUS!!!

    Having seen this movie over 10 times when it first came out,watching this DVD brought me 'right-back-to-the-moment'....Having been there over 50 years ago, I could RE-live the EMOTION & BEAUTY, of the WHOLE....From the gorgeous landscapes/architectural facades, among the emotional depth of it ALL. It captured the true ESSENCE of BEING THERE!!!

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