Anchors Aweigh
Anchors Aweigh (1945)

This mammoth musical is at base the story of two sailors on leave in Hollywood. Brash Joseph Brady (Gene Kelly) has promised his shy pal Clarence Doolittle (Frank Sinatra) that he will introduce Clarence to all the glamorous movie starlets… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1945
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Tepid and slow.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Thunderously patriotic (the navy is wonderful) and sentimental (kids are wonderful), it's heavily dependent on Kelly's charm and Sinatra's supposed little-boy appeal.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A very thin story stretched out for over two hours, this is a melange of the wonderful and the pompous.

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Variety Staff

Anchors Aweigh is solid musical fare.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A tepid and schmaltzy patriotic fluff musical.

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David Cornelius

This is a story bursting with light joy... Sinatra and Kelly prove themselves to be an invaluable duo.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Another humdinger of a musical.

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TV Guide

A pleasant, mindless diversion.

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Emanuel Levy

Producer Joe Pasternak is not Arthur Freed and director George Sidney is not Minnelli, but this fun and inventive musical, which blends live action and animation, has some good musical numbers, sung by Sinatra and Gene Kelly (who also choreographed).

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
I can still hear the chorus, ANCHOOORRS AWEEEEIGH! The story with Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly was so sweet, man! This is like a less horny version of On the… More
John Ballantine
A barely adequate buddy movie that took the minds of the masses off of the war for awhile but is not to be enjoyed for anything more than nostalgia in this era.
Aj V
The only interesting dance number is the one with Jerry the Mouse of Tom & Jerry cartoons. Other than that, it's a predictable romantic comedy.
Keith Munley
Sinatra and Kelly dancing and singing for two hours... what is there not to like!!!! On top of all that you get Tom and Jerry hanging out in a castle.
Randy Tippy
I'm fully aware that it's kinda cheesy and dated, but you can't beat Sinatra's pipes or Gene Kelly's choreography.