Flying Down to Rio (1933)


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Movie Info

This extravagant musical is the movie that first movie that teamed Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The story revolves around the romantic triangle between aviator/bandleader Raymond, Brazilian heiress Del Rio, and her wealthy fiance Raul Roulien, but the moment Fred and Ginger dance, the film is theirs forever.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lou Brock, Anne Caldwell, Erwin Gelsey, Cyril Hume, H.W. Hanemann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2006


as Fred Ayres

as Honey Hale

as Belinha de Rezende

as Roger Bond

as Julio Rubeiro

as Carlos de Rezende

as Singer

as Mayor of Rio

as Alfredo Vianna

as Butterbass the Headw...

as Hammersmith the Hote...

as Carioca Casino Manag...

as Yankee Clipper

as Yankee Clipper

as Yankee Clipper

as Concert Singer

as Banjo Player

as Pilot Who Performs M...

as Messenger

as Belinha's Friend

as Belinha's Friend

as Belinha's Friend

as Caddy in Haiti

as Sign Poster

as Singer

as Rodriguez the Chauff...

as Airport Mechanic

as Extra at Aviators' C...

as Club Manager

as Airplane mechanic

as Yankee Clipper

as Billboard Worker

as Billboard Worker

as Blindfolded Blonde

as Yankee Clipper

as Yankee Clipper

as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Flying Down to Rio

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 16, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A quintessential piece of Thirties musical kookiness right out of Man Ray

Full Review… | December 3, 2009

Notable musical for first pairing of Astaire and Rogers.

March 8, 2008

An OK musical that really sparkles when Fred and Ginger dance together for the first time.

June 2, 2006
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Flying Down to Rio


I was expecting that Fred & Ginger would be the main characters, but no, they take the side-kick roles, and dance around having fun. This movie was a predictable romance, with some funny scenes here and there. I mostly enjoyed the music, the song and dance numbers are especially extravagant. For example, I can't think of another movie where they thought of getting a hundred dancing girls to perform up on top of airplanes. Overall pretty good, but the story could be better.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


When I say that this is the least satisfying of the Ginger & Fred movies, I want you to understand two things. First, it was their first together so they were cast in supporting roles. Hence they are not meant to dominate the scene. Second, they were paired, I believe, by happenstance, but you can believe that once the power brokers saw what they had done, they rubbed their hands together with great glee and just knew that they would have to make more movies with this charismatic couple. Thus the string began. So while this may be the least satisfying of the Ginger and Fred series, that's because it functioned as the discovery of Ginger and Fred. As it is, they are still great together -- and they only got better. This is definitely, from a historical perspective on them, a Rogers and Astaire must-see. You will only appreciate what came later all the more. And quite frankly, the airplane wing dancing is the bomb, even without them.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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