Have you ever wanted to go to Rome? ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ gives viewers the chance to travel there vicariously through three versatile American women. From the amazing architecture of the Trevi Fountain to the beautiful rivers, the film has you hooked on Rome within the first five minutes.
Each woman has her own story for why she is in Italy, but all three want the same thing: to find romance. However, for three secretaries, this is no easy task. Anita faces restrictions on who she is allowed to date, Maria is warned that her love interest is a womanizer, and Miss Frances must cope with the stubbornness of an older man. Will a coin and a wish in the Trevi Fountain be enough to change their fate?
For audiences who like stories such as ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ or shows like ‘The Golden Girls’ this movie has a very similar setup. Anita, Maria, and Miss Frances become close friends quickly and constantly put each other first. Their friendship is sweet but also proves to be entertaining. Miss Frances and Maria have clever pranks to thwart the womanizer Prince Dino, and Maria’s advice for Anita leads to her trundling down the countryside in a truck with no brakes.
The three love stories have their own unique outcomes and the diversity of the men keeps the film interesting. John, Prince Dino, and Georgio each have their own quirks and also give viewers a chance to see additional sides of Italy, whether it be the grandeur of palaces or the simplicity of the country.
Dating back to 1954, ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ was very well received and was nominated for three Oscars, including ‘Best Picture’. It won ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Three Coins in a Fountain’ (sung by Frank Sinatra), as well as ‘Best Cinematography, Color’. If you’re ready for some beautiful scenery, a vintage love story, and some endearing characters, ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ may be perfect for you.