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Hot Blood

Released Jul 20, 1956 1h 25m Comedy Drama List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 43% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A Gypsy king (Luther Adler) tricks his brother (Cornel Wilde) in Los Angeles into marrying a Roma bride (Jane Russell) that he bought. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Definitely one of the more intriguing and neglected of Ray's second-degree efforts. Jan 11, 2008 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out An oddity, then, but one distinguished by Ray's characteristic refusal to patronise or glamorise his characters. Aug 16, 2007 Full Review Jean-Luc Godard Cahiers du Cinéma Hot Blood, in short, is a semi-successful film to the extent that Ray was semi-uninterested in it. A success almost in spite of its director, I should add; or better, brought off by Nicholas Ray's innate sense of cinema. May 25, 2021 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion If not Nicholas Ray's greatest movie, then surely the rapturous culmination of his palpable desire to do a musical Feb 12, 2010 Full Review TV Guide Ray milks the comedy element for all it's worth, and the musical numbers are staged surprisingly well by a director mainly known for his gritty dramas. Rated: 3/4 Jan 11, 2008 Full Review Film4 Staff Film4 All the lively song-and-dance routines and steamy shots of a scantily clad Russell can't make up for the crass dialogue and boring melodramatics. Aug 18, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member Nicholas Ray's followup to Rebel Without A Cause is this curious effort about an arranged marriage and Gypsy culture. Jane Russell's as the scheming bride and Luther Adler as the Gypsy king shine. But, the plot is tissue thin and the dance sequences are oddly filmed. The camera is distant as if to hide the fact that stand-ins were doing the real dancing. Director Ray is said to have delegated the editing of the film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Nicholas Ray's gypsy drama is a campy delight and Jane Russell and Cornel Wilde are the perfectly campy stars. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Silly and overblown. Jane is fiery but not believable as a gypsy for a second. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Crap. The first dud I've seen from Ray, and it's pretty much without any merit whatsoever. Although it's only 80-odd minutes, it's painfully lethargic, and although it offers the promise of perhaps getting a glimpse into gypsy lifestyle and culture... we don't really get it. Apart from some dancing and singing and whipping. I was particularly disappointed with Ray's use of CinemaScope, which is about as bland and lifeless as you can get, with a few exceptions. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A Gypsy king (Luther Adler) tricks his brother (Cornel Wilde) in Los Angeles into marrying a Roma bride (Jane Russell) that he bought.
Nicholas Ray
Howard Welsch
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 20, 1956, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 13, 2011
1h 25m