Guys and Dolls 1955

Guys and Dolls

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Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan's longtime fiancée, Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), wants him to go legit and marry her.

Cast & Crew

Marlon Brando
Sky Masterson
Jean Simmons
Sarah Brown
Frank Sinatra
Nathan Detroit
Vivian Blaine
Miss Adelaide
Robert Keith
Lt. Brannigan
Stubby Kaye
Nicely Nicely Johnson
Sheldon Leonard
Harry the Horse
Regis Toomey
Arvide Abernathy
Johnny Silver
Benny Southstreet
Jay Blackton
Original Music
Harry Stradling Sr.
Cinematographer
Daniel Mandell
Film Editor
Oliver Smith
Production Design
Arthur S. Black Jr.
Assistant Director
Michael Kidd
Choreographer
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Critic Reviews for Guys and Dolls

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (3)

  • The showtunes are weapons-grade: especially Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, which never fails to get any audience on its feet. A must.

    December 25, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Joseph L Mankiewicz's adaptation of the Frank Loesser Broadway musical, itself adapted from Damon Runyon stories, looks a treat. The wonder of the film is that it combines widescreen colour and opulence with an earthy, street-level humour.

    December 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Brando the singing actor and Sinatra the acting singer make a remarkable pair as sharp-suited gangsters and gamblers, along with their "dolls", Vivian Blaine and the English actress Jean Simmons.

    December 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Brando and Sinatra are on top form, but it's Simmons who steals the show.

    December 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimate odd couple Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra play charismatic cats in hats and spats on the mean (but very clean) streets of New York.

    December 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Brando wasn't producer Sam Goldwyn's first choice as Sky (that was Gene Kelly) but he acquits himself outstandingly.

    December 24, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guys and Dolls

  • Oct 20, 2013
    Great performances, suave vocals from Sinatra, and irresistible Marlon Brando charm. What more could you ask for? Guys and Dolls is truly a classic.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2011
    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.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2009
    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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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