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Gilda (1946)


Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Critic Reviews: 1
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Movie Info

When wealthy Ballin Mundson (George Macready) rescues down at his heels gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) and invites him to the Buenos Aires casino he owns, both men get more than they wagered on. Farrell convinces Mundson to hire him as casino manager, but is shocked when Mundson introduces his new bride, and Farrell's old flame, Gilda (Rita Hayworth).Though Farrell is unwavering in his loyalty to his employer, and he and Gilda treat each other with contempt, Mundson realizes that the torch … More

PG (adult situations)
Romance , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Jo Eisinger , Marion Parsonnet
In Theaters:
Nov 7, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Gilda

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1) | DVD (13)

One of the great films noirs, softened just a little by the moralising censorship strictures of the time. See it.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A wonderfully perverse noir classic...

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Observer [UK]

Cast and crew spin a twilight magic.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011
This is London

No wonder we all feel nostalgic for the past.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Daily Express

A real 1940s Hollywood treat.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011

Examples of film noir don't come much headier or more perverse than Charles Vidor's sultry little number...

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Daily Telegraph

If you've never seen it, it's about time.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Radio Times

"There never was a woman like Gilda!" drooled the posters - and no, there probably wasn't.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Total Film

[Rita] Hayworth's sudden yet glorious entrance is pure Hollywood starmaking...

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Parallax View

It put Glenn Ford on the movie star map, and reinforced Rita Hayworth's seamy stardom.

March 22, 2008

Featuring Rita Hayworth in her best--and sexiest-- performance, this post WWII noir romance centers on one of Hollywood's most bizarre triangles, one ripe with S&M as well as homoerotic overtones--a guilty pleasure if there ever was one.

Full Review… | February 1, 2007

Hayworth's presence here is so indomitable that it's almost surprising that Vidor found it necessary to bother putting other actors on the screen at all.

Full Review… | November 10, 2002

Sexiest. Girl. Ever.

September 6, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Great film noir with a surprising subtext.

August 14, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is sexpot Rita's finest hour in films as an actress and chanteuse...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gilda (1946) contains the most famous role and peak performance of WWII's GI "love goddess," the beautiful, alluring, and provocative,

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Audience Reviews for Gilda


"This is the part I really like, when she does that shit with her hair."

Red - Shawshank Redemption

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


It is easy to just enjoy the gorgeous sight of Rita Hayworth exhaling beauty and sensuality, but let's not overlook how stupid, implausible and misogynist this film really is, painting Gilda as a mischievous femme fatale when in fact she is a victim in the hands of two hideous men.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

Post-war greed, tempting women, and dark souls collide in the seductive Gilda. In a world ablaze in celebration, director Charles Vidor suggests that even amid all of the gaiety, exists a group whose tortured existence is ruled by deceit. Men and women, looking to forget their past misfortunes, begin to amass new fortunes at the expense of others. Even strangers in the street allude to the fact that they are becoming immune to human compassion.
The man in this particular tale is Johnny Farrell, played by the always excellent Glenn Ford. Farrell, a man who likes to think that he "makes his own luck", spends his days narrowly escaping one quagmire after another, only to find himself hastily picking up the scent of the next big score.

During his ascendancy in a cartel under the partronage of Ballin Mundson, his world is turned upside down by the dazzling and vivacious Gilda, played by Rita Hayworth, who happens to be Mundson's newly betrothed. While both men previously acknowledge that women and gambling don't mix, they both cannot seem to ignore this high stakes game. As soon as Rita Hayworth flips her hair back, you know she is trouble. She just oozes sexuality and I even found myself lured in by all of her celebrated, albeit achromatic, features.

Farrell's contempt for Gilda is twofold. First off, he doesn't like her because it is revealed that they have a torrid history together. Secondly, and of prime importance in my opinion, Farrell sees too much of himself in her. Jumping from opportunity to opportunity, looking for the next path to fortune, Gilda is a manifestation of Farrell's ethos. Which draws both Farrell's fascination and ire. In one of their more passionate exchanges, Farrell accuses of Gilda of using Mundson for personal gain, to which she responds "That wouldn't be the big pot calling the little kettle black, now would it?" They develop a deeply passionate love/hate relationship that brilliantly taps into the duality of a post-war mind.

Vigor accents these themes with his use of shadows. Often Gilda and Jonny are cloaked in darkness. If they do happen to be seen in the light, their shadow is sure to be close by, prowling in the background. In one outstanding scene, when Jonny and Gilda appear to have been found out by Mundson, Vidor frames the shot so the cuckold is close to the camera, a large shadow looming in judgment over the accused. In the same shot, Gilda walks to the back of the frame before addressing her husband, drenching herself in darkness. Vidor's visual language gives a whole other meaning to the term "shady people."

It is not a perfect story. In fact, I found the ending to be rather slapdash and saccharine. Yet, it is quite an entertaining sexually charged noir. If nothing else, it will help you better understand what had all of the men gawking in "The Shawshank Redemption. "

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


The camera was in love with Rita Hayworth and she made sure we noticed it. One of the best noirs out there with probably the most strange case of a mčnage a trois ever seen in a Hollywood pic.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

Gilda Quotes

Ballin Mundson: Gilda, are you decent? Gilda Mundson: Me? [long pause] Sure. I'm decent
– Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
Ballin Mundson: You'd be surprised to hear a woman sing in my house.
– Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
Gilda Mundson: I danced in America. Capt. Delgado: This is not America? Gilda Mundson: I mean New York.
– Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
Gilda Mundson: They said that being married to Johnny Farrell was very like driving a car with no brakes.
– Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
Gilda Mundson: You're cock-eyed, Johnny! All cock-eyed!
– Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
Johnny Farrell: Statistics show that there are more women in the world than anything else. Except insects.
– Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)

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