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Flying Down to Rio Reviews

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September 10, 2017
Flying Down to Rio is an amazing film. It is about an aviator and a band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers give excellent performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Thomas Freeland did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the music and romance. Flying Down to Rio is a must see.
½ June 23, 2017
Not the best Astaire/Rodgers film as they play side-characters to Dolores del Río and Gene Raymond but it has a bunch of fun dance sequences including the famous airplane dance sequence.
February 15, 2016
Saw this with Robert osbourne introducing it at the national portrait gallery. A fun and go lucky musical with some good tunes and dancing.
September 23, 2015
I am so glad you came along.

Roger Bond is a lady's man that flies planes and performs in a band...making it pretty easy to score chicks. However, in a trip to Rio he falls for Belinha, a socialite and bride to be. Roger is best friends with the groom, but that will change based on his new love. Roger will do his best to win Belinha while she does her best to avoid him.

"Every time I think of her I want to bite myself."

Thornton Freeland, director of Whopee, They Call it Sin, Dark Sands, The Secret Witness, The Unexpected Father, Over the Moon, and Brass Monkey, delivers Flying Down to Rio. The storyline for this is just okay and a bit predictable. The acting is very good and the cast delivers entertaining performances. The cast includes Gene Raymond, Dolores del Rio, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Roy D'Arcy.

"Is there any special way you like your coconut juice?"

This was recently on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) during a Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire marathon. I DVR'd this it was their first movie together. I found it above average and entertaining but far from a classic. This contains entertaining characters worth following but is only worth watching once and I wouldn't purchase the DVD.

"In me you see a sinner."

Grade: C+
½ September 3, 2015
Fred & Ginger were adorable background characters. I now see why they were paired together for so many other movies.
January 28, 2015
It's worth to see an Astaire-Rogers movie where they're not the main couple just to see that scene where Fred speaks portuguese to the brazilian guards haha
½ December 9, 2014
An incredibly underwhelming film that launched to the world that Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers have arrived & they are the 'IT Thing'

The film itself cast Fred & Ginger as supporting roles but it became clear in filming these two are the real stars & the film ended with these two not the leads.

But the film is dull, labored & very unexciting, even for fans it's a tough watch with achingly bad leads the only redemptive qualities are the great numbers by Fred & Ginger.
½ October 12, 2014
The first on-screen pairing of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers is weighed down a bit by a silly love triangle plot; song highlights include "Orchids in the Moonlight," the giddy "Flying Down to Rio," and the Oscar-nominated "Carioca."
May 10, 2014
Music makes me ... Funny Fred lines ... Very weird Dolores Del Rio
½ March 22, 2014
The first movie to pair Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers casts them in supporting roles. Both are cast as wisecracking, slightly suggestive sidekicks to the real stars Gene Raymond and Dolores Del Rio. The plot is superficial fluff intended to support the musical numbers which are mostly fantastic. The stand out is the Carioca which is long and immensely entertaining. The finale involving dancers performing on planes flying over Rio is memorable to say the least. Rogers and Astaire dance together for the first time and it's immediately obvious why this pairing will persist through 9 more movies.
January 26, 2014
the debut of fred & ginger though not the main characters they proceed to steal the show!
December 22, 2013
This is the first time Fred Astaire met Ginger Rogers on screen - and they weren't the leads. Their chemistry is apparent, even though they dance only briefly (compared to their 9 subsequent films). Instead, Gene Raymond and Dolores del Rio star as a skirt-chasing bandleader and a Brazilian debutante (respectively). She is betrothed to another and this adds a complication to the plot. A further complication involves a hotel opening the band are supposed to play at that is cancelled suddenly due to a lack of entertainment license. Of course, the show goes on - including an array of chorus girls dressed in pre-Code attire riding on airplanes and biplanes. The rear projector was really working overtime. A frivolous bit of fun here but moving Fred and Ginger center screen would eventually work wonders.
October 19, 2013
It is great to watch the first pairing of Fred and Ginger, but it is also a great movie from Delores Del Rio, (arguably) the first "Mexican Leading Lady". She is elegant and beautiful and was said to have been friends with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
½ October 17, 2013
Weird to think Astaire and Rogers started their run from this, they barely dance together (and not their best). The main plot of the movie is pretty uninteresting, Gene Raymond is bland and a bore. Dolores Del Rio is solid but doesn't get to shine due to her leading man and the character she is given. The best moments she has is actually with Astaire, who really shines in this movie. The same with Ginger Rogers, both her and Astaire light up comedically every scene they are in, either together or not. Their dancing isn't what stands out to me as much as just their natural charisma. I'll be hunting out the rest of Ginger's movies, I've really come to love her, she's a great comedic actress.
April 20, 2013
It is hard to imagine that Fred Astaire, who had a miles-long reputation as a musical comedy stage star, was humiliated with FIFTH billing (behind Ginger Rogers!) and given weak comedy bits even by the musical film standards of the period. What's more, his one dance with Rogers was pasted into the endless "Carioca" production number with a cast of thousands of chorus dancers, and a lady who was billed as "The Colored Singer." Speaking of billing, the dependably prissy Franklyn Pangborn was not even listed on the credits and he had more business than Eric Blore, who was billed. All in all, it's a fun movie, with the usual silly type of plot, highlighted by the title song, in which chorus girls were strapped to the wings of planes, supposedly for the enjoyment of hotel guests hundreds of feet below. The film was graced by a good Vincent Youmans score, including the additional songs, "Orchids in the Moonlight" and "Music Makes Me."
June 6, 2012
Ginger and Fred's first film together. Good, but not one of their best. Love the showgirls on the wings though!
February 26, 2012
Fred and Ginger put their heads together for the first time to "Carioca" and create dance history. They are the sparky comedy couple mirroring the conventional romance, between buff blond bandleader Gene Raymond and one of the most exquisitely gorgeous women ever to grace the screen, orchidaceous Dolores Del Rio. There are lots of gratuitous flying scenes (including the finale, where high-kicking, high-heeled chorines are fastened onto airplane wings for the nutty title song) since the producer was a major Pan-American Airlines stockholder.
Watch it once!
February 22, 2012
This big budget RKO offering was more of a vehicle for Dolores Del Rio than Fred and Ginger. Rather silly and trite from a modern perspective. The song and dance numbers were great but there were too few of them frankly.
October 3, 2011
Fred & Ginger spend very little on-screen time together in their first film together, however it is not about them despite giving some decent supporting roles. It's an ambitious but well produced musical comedy for the time it was made, making great use of sound which was still a fairly new phenomena, and better than average for this period.
½ October 3, 2011
The first film pairing Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers climaxes in an extraordinarily elaborate aerial number - girls in see-through skirts and propellers on their heads on the wings of planes - and yet it's ridiculous enough to be charming. Flying Down to Rio falls down whenever the plot needs nudging along, and is at it's strongest when it's going nowhere, with snappy, saucy pre-Hays Code dialogue, great set up, and catchy numbers. Slightly distracting (and very frequent) scene transitions and the tedious Dolores Del Rio are unable to spoil a notable moment in film history.
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