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Director: Delmer Daves
Tired of stuffy New England, Prudence Bell (Suzanne Pleshette in her first major role) longs for a Rome Adventure. So she heads for the Eternal City and encounters a handsome student (Troy Donahue), a dashing older man (Ro... more »
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A pleasure if just for the scenery.
Dorothyanne | Victorville, CA USA | 08/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember when this movie was released into the theaters that my sister and my mother really loved it. I was too young then, but even on the TV later, I loved it too. The scenery, of Rome all the way to the Italian Alps, and the score by Max Steiner--including the showcasing of the popular song "Al di la"--provide a breathtacking backdrop to the beautiful Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette (it is said their romance that led to their short marriage began on the set) and the even more handsome and romantic Rossano Brazzi. The romance drops into soap opera melodrama, with Angie Dickinson as the evil other woman, but the comic elements are present, with Constance Ford and her St. Bernard a particular relief, as well as the voice of warning (read as foreshadowing). Troy Donahue, no surprise, comes off as stiff, but Suzanne Pleshette, in what is billed as her introduction to the movie screen, turns in a warm and engaging performance. For those of you who enjoy continuity errors, watch the candles in Troy's "symbol of his integrity" as they escape the fight at the bar and head home in the horse-drawn carriage.
If you ever get a chance to see this one, most likely on TV, give it a chance. No special effects, but the guys will like the fight and the girl with the knife."
Elaine M. Manneh | Anaheim, California | 05/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the ultimate in love stories. I've also had this movie as a favorite since I was a teen and was so happy when it was released in DVD. The story is of an independent thinking librarian who "allows" a student to be exposed to a love story. With her job in jeopardy she leaves and goes off to Rome to seek happiness. While there she meets and falls in love with Troy Donahue. The scenery of Rome and Northern Italy is exquisite. She holds out for love and the story ends happily ever after. In these difficult times a fairy tale now and then is a great escape."
Troy's sensitivity for all to see.
John Wilcox | 05/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I feel Troy Donahue was one of the tradgedies of Holloywood.He burst on the secene in the late 50's when love/rommance motion pictures were rapidly giving way to action,adventure,obscentiy,nudity,violence and all the other vulgarities we see today.He displayed Charisma,warmth,and a real screen presense in the films he made.Rome adventure was the film in which His latent talent started to bloom.It was truly tragic He was never given more adult roles with greater physcological depth but was all too often cast as the teenage heart throb.By the mid 60's the type of films in which he was at his best were no longer in vouge and he was discarded.But for a brief period of 5 or 6 years he brought a sensitivity to romance that has not been seen since and rarely before.I look back nostalgically on those years when he was truly the prince of Hollywood."
The Power of Life
Randall R. Rector | Fort Scott, KS United States | 05/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm writing these comments from a man's point of view. "Rome Adventure" is a movie that most guys today would consider a "chick flick." But let me tell you something: this is a "guy flick" too, even though you may not know it yet.
I'm a red-blooded male who enjoys blood-and-guts actions flicks with the best of 'em. "Bombs, bullets, and babes," oh yeah... Yet I turned on the TV one night and this film was just starting, so I watched it. I was mesmerized until the end. The scenery is great, and although I'm not usually too fond of Max Steiner's musical scores, he outdid himself here with a lush hypnotic atmosphere. And oh, what I would give to have an experience like this! I mean, c'mon guys, wouldn't you love to have a thing going with a babe like Suzanne Pleshette, especially in such awesome settings? If not, you must be a total meathead.
To me, the only thing that is weak in this movie is the title, which they could have made a little more interesting. But still, it says it all, and I think that this has got to be one of the most romantic movies ever made. It's never syrupy or sappy. It was made before my time, but 1962 was a good year for it to be released. People did not yet dress like slobs every day. The old sexual stuffiness was loosening up, and the "anything goes" Sexual Revolution had not yet steamrolled everything. In my opinion, the power of life exists when real committed love and uninhibited sexual desire are united in balance. I felt that in this movie."