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Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

 -  Drama  -  May 1954 (USA)
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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her ... See full summary »

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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her boss's home who invites her to fly to Venice in his private plane. Frances, who has been in Rome for 15 years as the secretary of a successful American writer who talks a lot like George Bernard Shaw and is just as elusive as Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," tells her at first to say "no" and then decides that together they can handle the man nicknamed the predatory prince. Coins tossed in the Trevi Fountain can indeed work magic. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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You've Never Lived Until You've Loved in Rome!

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Drei Münzen im Brunnen  »

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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 16 seconds (including opening Sinatra travelogue montage). See more »

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At the beginning of the final scene at the Trevi fountain, the fountain is dry and being cleaned. While the actors are there, the fountain begins flowing again. However, when the actors leave, the fountain is completely full, not a possibility given the size of the fountain and the period of time over which the scene occurs. See more »

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[Walking down a street in Rome, Maria gets a pinch from a fresh young Italian man]
Maria Williams: Anita, somebody pinched me.
Anita Hutchins: Don't look back. It's considered an encouragement. Pretend you didn't notice.
Anita Hutchins: Are you kidding? I'll kick him right in his antipasto!
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Remade as Three Coins in the Fountain (1970) See more »

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Three Coins in the Fountain
(1954)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne
Sung by Frank Sinatra (uncredited) during the opening credits
Sung also by an unseen chorus at the end
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An enormous box office hit...

This pleasant comedy-romance opens with the beautiful view of the Fountain of Trevi in Rome, combined by another famous fountain garden at the villa d'Este in Tivoli where a great water organ exploits another attribute of moving water: its sound...

But in "Three Coins in the Fountain," the 'sound of music' is the fine title song - sung by Frank Sinatra - that carries the whole picture...

The film is about the search for love by a simple trio... Three American secretaries believing in love, and throwing their coins in the 'Fontana Di Trevi' for a wish, for a romance, for an idealized love...

The first person is Dorothy McGuire, the confidant secretary in love (since 25 years) with her elderly boss, the American writer Clifton Webb...

The second is Jean Peters, a pretty indecisive brunette, doubtful in seeking love in Italy with Rossano Brazzi...

The third, a decisive Maggie McNamara aspiring to catch a wealthy suspicious lover (Louis Jourdan) by the art of lying...

Webb, Jourdan and Brazzi bring to the production its significant flavor... The film, nominated for Best Picture, won two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Music Song...

With a stunning photography in CinemaScope and sumptuous Technicolor of Rome and Venice, the motion picture is in itself a thin entertainment, but the title song carried it...


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