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      Guys and Dolls

      Released Nov 3, 1955 2h 30m Musical Comedy List
      91% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 83% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less

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      An escapist and inventive cinemascope delight, Guys and Dolls glistens thanks to the charm of its ensemble.

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      Peter Bradshaw Guardian 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. Rated: 5/5 Dec 25, 2014 Full Review Geoffrey Macnab Independent (UK) 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. Rated: 4/5 Dec 19, 2014 Full Review Kate Muir Times (UK) 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. Rated: 4/5 Dec 19, 2014 Full Review Andrew Sarris Film Culture Both Brando and Sinatra retain enough personal charm to keep Guys and Dolls moving along as the most entertaining musical from Hollywood since Singing in the Rain. Feb 3, 2021 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A handsome and funny wide-screen version of the famous Broadway hit. It's over-long at two and a half hours but liberally loaded with laughter and sentiment in the appropriate Damon Runyon tradition. Oct 30, 2019 Full Review Jason Solomons The Mail on Sunday (UK) The script is perhaps even better than most of the musical numbers, crackling with the Damon Runyon-style dialogue and with the colour of the stories on which Ben Hecht based his screenplay. Oct 30, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Margaret G This is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I hope younger generations will enjoy this movie as well. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review Alec B Sinatra is boring but Brando isn't (a truly surprising thing to see in a musical) and while some of the cuts to the original stage show are vexing, overall it keeps the spirit and style intact. We should be very grateful Kidd's fantastic choreography got to stay in. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Jose G I had been meaning to watch this movie for a few years. I wasn't familiar with the stage version and went in not knowing much aside from "Luck be a Lady Tonight". I was expecting to see big production numbers and for some reason I thought the setting would be Las Vegas, due to the gambling theme. I was surprised the movie takes place in NYC, and many of the musical numbers were smaller in scale. Still, it's a classic, Golden Age musical and you can't go wrong with Golden Age musicals or westerns imo. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando are icons that I enjoy watching. Like another reviewer I was surprised it wasn't Frank singing "Luck" and I also felt that number should've been a bigger production number. A little disappointed it wasn't. Nevertheless, the opening sequence, the part in Havana and the dancing/gambling in the sewers were impressive. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/01/23 Full Review Joshua C Not the best singing performances - which isn't great for a musical - and not the best acting all around... but it's fun & pretty. Way too long though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/02/23 Full Review Alec B It's true that Guys and Dolls is a classic, with golden-era Hollywood names like Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, and Frank Sinatra. While we can look back on Guys and Dolls as a timepiece work of art, modern audiences will find the film's comedic moments to be dull and the plot too dragged out. Contemporary stage versions typically provide a more lively, witty amount of energy though no one can beat Brando's classic charm and devilish features. Lovers of musical theatre should give Guys and Dolls at least one watch to appreciate its old-fashioned fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/18/22 Full Review Audience Member The musical's subject is love and it is displayed in the relationships between the two couples: Sky and Sarah, and Nathan and Adelaide. Both Sky and Nathan are chronic gamblers and are unable to commit to relationships — with Sky in particular having a disposable disposition toward women. Although his initial advancements on Sarah are only because of a bet, he soon learns the value of companionship and quite frankly, the beauty of love. It makes the unlikely couple of Sarah (a devoted missionary) and Sky (a devoted gambler and bachelor) dynamic, multi-faceted, and deeply heartfelt. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Joseph L. Mankiewicz
      Producer
      Samuel Goldwyn
      Screenwriter
      Joseph L. Mankiewicz
      Distributor
      MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Image Entertainment Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 3, 1955, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 23, 2012
      Runtime
      2h 30m
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