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Jupiter's Darling

1955 1h 36m Musical Comedy List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Rome is on the verge of being conquered by Hannibal (Howard Keel). While Rome's ruler, Fabius Maximus (George Sanders), plots a defense against Hannibal's armies, Fabius' fiancée, Amytis (Esther Williams), is curious about the fearless conquerer. Amytis travels to Hannibal's camp just to get a look at him, but she ends up being captured. However, she is instantly smitten by the Carthaginian commander, so she tries to shift his attentions away from Rome -- and to her instead. Read More Read Less

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Tamara K I'm not sure which is worse, the music or the ridiculous script. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 11/03/23 Full Review s r Had to see it for the story and the cast. It was a bizarre film with it being a musical and based on Hannibal's attack on Rome. Keel was fine, he's just so effective as a melodramatic singer. Williams was also good with her swimming put to good use. However, the story was weak. Saw on TCM. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I think this movie contains the best performance by Esther Williams in her career. She plays a likable character in this movie. Featured in this movie is perhaps one of the best dancing/music sequences in the history of MGM musicals. This superb underwater dancing scene is especially creative with the marble statues underwater that appear to suddenly come to life. This entire underwater scene left me in awe. Amytis teaching Hannibal how to swim, the raid on Rome being constantly postponed, and the historian (also the narrator) all give the movie a slight humorous tone. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member worst musical I ever seen. lot of bad songs. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This was Esther Williams' final MGM film, a lavish musical adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood's Road to Rome with Howard Keel portraying a singing Hannibal and Esther teaching him to swim; Marge and Gower Champion dance with the elephants and sing about the joys of being a slave(!) in this colorfully weird movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this movie. I use to watch it all the time growing up. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Rome is on the verge of being conquered by Hannibal (Howard Keel). While Rome's ruler, Fabius Maximus (George Sanders), plots a defense against Hannibal's armies, Fabius' fiancée, Amytis (Esther Williams), is curious about the fearless conquerer. Amytis travels to Hannibal's camp just to get a look at him, but she ends up being captured. However, she is instantly smitten by the Carthaginian commander, so she tries to shift his attentions away from Rome -- and to her instead.
Director
George Sidney
Producer
George Wells
Screenwriter
Dorothy Kingsley
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jun 18, 2013
Runtime
1h 36m