Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
When peasant girl Nives is deserted by smuggler Gino Lodi, she betrays him to the police. Police officer Enzo Cinti, who loves Nives, traces her to the Po River cane-fields, where she is ... See full summary »
Sophia Loren plays a dual role, as both the sultry Queen of the Nile with a "man-a-night" appetite and a beautiful slave girl who takes her place and is wooed by a bodyguard who thinks she's the real monarch.
Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into ... See full summary »
Catherine, an out-spoken Parisian laundress follows Napoleon's army to the battlefront to be near her Sergeant Lefevre. The couple perform a deed of heroism which abets Napoleon's victory, ... See full summary »
Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.Written by
The tune Alan Ladd whistles from his balcony is 'On the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe' from the Judy Garland movie 'The Harvey Girls'. See more »
In several scenes throughout the movie, Sophia Loren's character enters a Greek-Orthodox church and begins her prayer with "sancta Maria". This would almost certainly never be uttered in a Greek-Orthodox church, especially since the word "sancta" is of Latinate etymology (Loren's character is supposedly Greek although she herself is Italian) and more so, because this is an exclusively Roman-Catholic recitation. In Greek one might say: "Panagia mou", but NEVER "Agia Maria" which is the Greek equivalent of "sancta Maria" meaning "saint Maria". See more »
You'll dive with Calder - dive all over the Aegean Sea. Except in one spot: the spot with the boy on a dolphin.
[Cutting her off]
Dive until he runs out of patience, runs out of ambition, out of money, out of oxygen, and hope!
[Tapping her finger to her temple]
Oh, Mr. Parmalee, you have plenty of noodle, you know?
Now, we all have wine!
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Opening credits prologue: THE ISLANDS OF GREECE See more »
Ah, yes! Who can forget that image of Sophia, climbing aboard a small fishing vessel, her peasant blouse opulently revealing why she first became a movie star? 20th-Century Fox wisely featured a snippet of that scene in "Previews of Coming Attractions" for this film when it was first being distributed. The production itself benefits hugely from the gorgeous locations of its story and the Hollywood professionalism of everyone assigned to it. All that, plus Julie London lending her breathy vocalizing to the lovely title song.
One of the things I recall about it was Sophia's retort when asked how much would be sufficient compensation for the ancient treasure she'd found under the Aegean. "For me, plenty of money is enough!" How convincingly she delivered that line and how lucky we've been ever since that her stardom led to many better displays of her talents.
Where, oh! where is the DVD (CinemaScope ratio preserved, s'il vous plait!) of this sunken treasure?
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