Royal Wedding
Royal Wedding (1951)

Two real-life events were incorporated into the plot of the 1951 MGM musical Royal Wedding. One, the marriage of Fred Astaire's sister Adele to a British nobleman had occurred years earlier; the other, the wedding of England's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 23, 1951
DVD Release Date: July 8, 1997
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Vintage MGM musical stuff, characterized by Stanley Donen's fleet direction and some amazing dance performances from star Fred Astaire.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Almost wall-to-wall dancing, with a vengeance.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

One swell number, three or four that are good, a laugh here, a laugh there; colored newsreels of the British royal wedding and so long pal. Mr. Astaire has fared better in his lifetime -- and he has also fared much worse.

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TV Guide

When all is said and done, Stanley Donen's first solo directorial assignment, after his work with Gene Kelly, is a lovely bit of frou-frou.

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Variety Staff

This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is the one in which Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling, an impeccably executed bit of movie magic and a sublime expression of Donen's love for the medium.

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Emanuel Levy

The plot of this Stanley Donen musical is slender, but it doesn't matter as it features some of Astaire's best dancing, including a number in which he dances on the walls and ceiling.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A pleasant enough score by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, helped out by Donen's stylish direction.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It looks like a million bucks, and it's easy to like, and for [producer Arthur] Freed, that was what mattered.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Family entertainment doesn't get any livelier.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
If you love silly love stories with song and dance numbers and a happy ending, you'll like this movie, not love it, but like it. Personally I was bored… More
jay nixon
Pleasant but missing that special spark that the greatest MGM musicals have
Morgan Salem
I wasnt crazy about Jane Powell's singing but hey! its fred Astaire. DANCING ON THE CIELING! nothing can go wrong. His girl is not that pretty though...
Byron Brubaker
Most famous for Astaire dancing around the walls and ceiling of a room during a daydream. Fred's and Jane's performances aren't great otherwise.… More
Jennifer Xu
I think MGM musicals are delightful little jewels, no matter how formulaic they can get. And Stanley Donen is the king of all things singing and dancing. So… More
Neum Daddy
Wrote the following "Fall Film 2004" piece for a newsletter at work a week and a half ago (as I've already seen some of the films in the Preview… More