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When wealthy Ballin Mundson (George Macready) rescues down at his heels gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) and invites him to the Buenos Aires casino he owns, both men get more than they wagered on. Farrell convinces Mundson to hire him as casino manager, but is shocked when Mundson introduces his new bride, and Farrell's old flame, Gilda (Rita Hayworth).Though Farrell is unwavering in his loyalty to his employer, and he and Gilda treat each other with contempt, Mundson realizes that the torch never died for either of the former lovers. Ordered to guard Gilda, Farrell tries to convince… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the great films noirs, softened just a little by the moralising censorship strictures of the time. See it."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"No wonder we all feel nostalgic for the past."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"If you've never seen it, it's about time."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"It put Glenn Ford on the movie star map, and reinforced Rita Hayworth's seamy stardom."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Sexiest. Girl. Ever."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A wonderfully perverse noir classic..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A real 1940s Hollywood treat."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
""There never was a woman like Gilda!" drooled the posters - and no, there probably wasn't."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Featuring Rita Hayworth in her best--and sexiest-- performance, this post WWII noir romance centers on one of Hollywood's most bizarre triangles, one ripe with S&M as well as homoerotic overtones--a guilty pleasure if there ever was one."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great film noir with a surprising subtext."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Cast and crew spin a twilight magic."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Examples of film noir don't come much headier or more perverse than Charles Vidor's sultry little number..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"[Rita] Hayworth's sudden yet glorious entrance is pure Hollywood starmaking..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Hayworth's presence here is so indomitable that it's almost surprising that Vidor found it necessary to bother putting other actors on the screen at all."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"This is sexpot Rita's finest hour in films as an actress and chanteuse..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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