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All film noirs need deceit, betrayal, dialogue hard as diamonds--and dames even harder than that. ButGildais the only one with the dame front and center, and for good reason. Rita Hayworth shimmers in the 1946 classic, which spins on a tortured plot involving the title character (Hayworth); her imperious husband (George Macready), a ruthless casino owner and head of an Argentine tungsten cartel (!); and Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), Gilda's ex-lover and now her husband's go-fer. But no one watchesGildafor the plot, except to learn that all the characters have secrets--perhaps even ones they would kill for. Hayworth captures Gilda's vulnerability beneath her devil-may-care front ("If I'd been a ranch, they would have named me the Bar Nothing"). Not to be missed: Hayworth's slinky striptease to "Put the Blame on Mame."--Anne Hurley
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CastGlenn Ford, Rita Hayworth, Steven Geray, George Macready, Joseph Calleia
DirectorCharles Vidor
Genre:  Drama
Screen WriterBen Hecht, Jo Eisinger, Marion Parsonnet, E.A. Ellington
DVD Release Date:  November 7, 2000
Runtime:  110 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . March 05, 2011
A lovely Rita Hayworth, a sword cane and enough hate for everybody
Gilda is Rita Hayworth's movie down to the last frame. It's also one of the oddest and most enjoyable combinations of misogyny, love, hate, implied homosexuality, tungsten cartels, Nazi conspiracies and megalomania. The movie also features an intriguing menage a trois. No, not the one with Gilda, Johnny and Ballin, but the one with Ballin and his two "little friends," his sword cane and Johnny. Note, for those who may care, that elements of the plot are discussed.       …
review by . October 12, 2002
Pros: RITA HAYWORTH AND GLENN FORD - beautiful     Cons: it wasn't in color     The Bottom Line: This is the time of the beautiful people        The tagline for this movie states “There has never been a woman like Gilda”. Well, that may be true and all, but in fact, there has never been a woman like Rita Hayworth. Born in 1918, she was a vibrant 28 years old in this production. My only wish, this release had been in color.   …
review by . January 16, 2002
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Rita Hayworth stars with Glenn Ford in the film noir masterpiece GILDA, which is widely considered to be the finest film in Ms Hayworth's career.Gilda (Hayworth) is a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage with corrupt illegal casino owner Ballin Mundson (George MacReady) when she comes face-to-face with her past; Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) her previous lover whom she left and married Ballin on the rebound.Gilda and Johnny re-ignite the passions when Ballin "kills" himself. Little do they know …
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