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Black Orchid, The

6.31 h 34 min1959U
Love and laughter bloom anew for Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren. Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren star as longtime widower Frank and recently widowed Rose, lonely hearts who discover something special in The Black Orchid, a sensitive comedy romance directed by Martin Ritt (Norma Rae, Murphy's Romance).
Martin Ritt
Sophia LorenAnthony QuinnMark Richman
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Ina Balin
Marcello GirosiCarlo Ponti
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4.6 out of 5 stars

36 global ratings

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PeanutReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sophia Loren is engaging and lovely.
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A lovely Sophia Loren film In black and white. She is always immensely watchable and a predictable ending.
SwiftReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2018
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Five Stars
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A must see for all Sofia Loren fans!
DRSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2015
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Love clasic films this one has a happy ending!
MonoitahitiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 July 2014
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E. A. SolinasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 November 2006
2.0 out of 5 stars
Black Rose
A pair of Oscar-winning actors, and a comedy about two widowed people finding second love. Not much can go wrong, right? Well, sadly Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren are the main good things about "The Black Orchid," which desperately tries to cover up its shortness of plot.

Rose (Loren) is a young Italian-American mother, widowed when her husband was killed by mobsters. Since her love of luxury drove him to crime, Rose blames herself, and tries to amend by making artificial flowers to support herself and her young son. She isn't interested in anyone else... until she meets the wealthy, widowed Frank Valente (Quinn).

Rose and Frank soon fall in love and become engaged, and Rose's young son is delighted to find that he will have a father at last. But Frank's daughter Mary (Ina Balin) becomes distraught when she hears the news, and Frank reluctantly breaks up with Rose. Will there be a happy ending for anyone?

"Uninspired" is the best word for "Black Orchid" -- nowhere in the movie does anything really make sense. It's a purely by-the-numbers romance flick, which putters along with little enthusiasm, right up to the predictable conclusion. There isn't even any sense of tension, except for Loren's dramatic way of speaking.

The plot itself unfolds in basic movie fashion, but is way too short. Apparently realizing this, the makers threw in a plot twist -- Mary inflicting her Electra complex on dear Daddykins. It's very contrived, and at times it's almost comical. But of course, expect all twists to be untwisted in a matter of minutes, and with only a few heart-to-heart talks.

The only good things about this tepid film are Quinn and Loren. Loren exudes passionate penitance and love as Rose, who is determined to make things right this time around. And she has amazing chemistry with Quinn, who has a rough, jovial charm that was quite different from the smooth guys who populated Hollywood.

"The Black Orchid" is a forgettable and contrived little romance, but Loren and Quinn are delightful. Too bad they weren't given a worthy script to follow.
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S_MGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sophia & Anthony
Loved this film - but again am biased as I love both Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn. It's an okay melodrama from the late 1950s - it provides some interesting insight into lives of the Italian-American families and community. The story plot is sparse but is made up for by the 2 wonderful actors. It's good easy viewing.
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