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Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls (1955)


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This 1955 film began life as two Runyon short stories, the most prominent of which was "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown." This material was fleshed out into a 2-act libretto by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, then set to music by Frank Loesser and directed by George S. Kaufman. Opening late in 1950, Guys and Dolls was one of Broadway's hottest tickets for several seasons. The plot involves a certain Broadway citizen by the name of Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), who maintains the "Oldest Established

May 15, 2001

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Conceivably the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Guys and Dolls is a bangup filmusical in the topdrawer Goldwyn manner.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A musical fairly glittering with intelligence and invention.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Brando wasn't producer Sam Goldwyn's first choice as Sky (that was Gene Kelly) but he acquits himself outstandingly.

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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A great play but just a good movie.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Though assigned to the wrong director (Mankiewicz), the musical movie still maintains some charm, largely due to the performances of Sinatra and Brando

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Classic Sinatra/Brando musical is a whole lot of fun.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Too talky.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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No one's cool enough to blow off a movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Not you, not me...nobody.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source:

A wonderful, lavish adaptation of the hit musical that boasts a score of classic production numbers

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film4

It is chained to its stage musical origins and at times seems limited by its studio-bound sets and camera angles. Nevertheless, it is a joyful tale, about New York street gamblers who have a run-in with the Salvation Army, and the songs are terrific. Bran

October 14, 2004

Ya gotta love seeing the first glimpse of Don Corleone here. A fun screen adaptation if not musically sound.

November 27, 2002
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Snappy musical about ne'er-do-well gamblers in Gotham is still an unbeatable hand.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Miscast version of an overpraised show

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Still one of the most thrilling and thoroughly entertaining of all musicals.

August 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...may have been more than a bit outdated even when it was first released in 1955.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

An American classic.

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Audience Reviews for Guys and Dolls

The opening says it all. Or rather, shows it. A beautifully choreographed piece sets the tone of the film, the city, and the characters. As we follow a watch being stolen numerous times, it shows us the petty crime, and the fun and exuberant dances show us the whimsical nature. Sinatra is great as Nathan Detroit, and Brando shows us a completely new side to himself. Sure, his singing may have been cut and pasted from multiple takes, but cinema is all abut creating illusions. The film may be gentle and obvious, but none can deny the sheer excellence of routines, such as the sewer craps game. Making good use of color, movement, humor, and songs, this is a classically addictive film.
January 28, 2011

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If you don't think Brando has range, you need to see this movie. I love it, the songs are good, the actors are good, the story is interesting, and it's exciting and romantic too. I love it.
November 9, 2010

Super Reviewer

Bouncy MGM musical set during the late 1940s detailing the activities of petty criminals and professional gamblers in New York . Nathan Detroit bets that Sky Masterson can't take uptight, ultraconservative Sarah Brown to Havana on a date. Detroit hopes to win $1000 so he can secure a place for his crap game. As with most musicals, the plot is merely an excuse to sing a lot of songs. The enjoyable score includes such classics as "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat", "Luck Be a Lady" and "Fugue for Tinhorns". The cinematography, costumes and Michael Kidd's choreography are marvelous as well. However the film's exalted reputation is overrated. Non-singers Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando are adequate, as is the rest of the cast, but no one is particularly exceptional. Even Frank Sinatra, who was reportedly unhappy with not playing Sky Masterson, gives a rather cheerless performance. The studio bound production is stagy and artificial, unbefitting a story set within the streets of New York City. And the film's bloated 150 minutes will test even the most ardent theater fan. A good adaptation, just not a great one.
October 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

A bland musical that has very little personality or originality. Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra were entertaining, but served very little importance. The film has no depth or meaning, resulting in a forgettable experience.
November 20, 2009

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    1. Sky Masterson: Because only in Times Square the dawn gets turned on by an electrician.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (17 months ago)
    1. Sarah Brown: What did you order?
    2. Sky Masterson: Dolce de leche. Dolce is the spanish word for sweet. De means of and leche means milk.
    3. Sarah Brown: Don't they serve it plain?
    4. Sky Masterson: Well, only in the mornings. It has to do with the heat. You see, at night they put a kind of preservative in it.
    5. Sarah Brown: That's interesting. What do they use?
    6. Sky Masterson: Bacardi.
    7. Sarah Brown: Bacardi? Doesn't that have alcohol in it?
    8. Sky Masterson: Well just enough to keep the milk from turning sour.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (17 months ago)
    1. Sky Masterson: Did it ever occur to you that some people could be all repentance and no sin? You know, I may start a chain of missions to help your kind. "Come all ye repenters and let us bring a little sin into your life."
    – Submitted by Christopher B (17 months ago)
    1. Sarah Brown: I'm prepared to believe that you're the biggest sinner I've ever met in my life!
    – Submitted by Christopher B (17 months ago)
    1. Arvide Abernathy: Oh we can keep you unhappy son; just give us a chance.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (17 months ago)
    1. Sky Masterson: Is it wrong to gamble, or only to lose?
    – Submitted by Christopher B (17 months ago)
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