USA Today - 04/28/2000
"...An imperishable score and the once-in-a-lifetime casting of Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/16/2004
"Brando's Sky has a streak of old-fashioned, almost Cary-Grant-ish charm..."
Uncut - 08/01/2005
"Dazzling....Show-stopping numbers and endlessly quotable lingo ensure the sheer entertainment power remains undimmed after 50 years."
Widescreen Review - 05/01/2006
"GUYS AND DOLLS is a true American musical classic."
Based on the Broadway show from the Damon Runyon short story and filled to the brim with Frank Loesser tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat," this outrageously comic film featuring Marlon Brando's bold musical debut is a colorful tale about gamblers, a feisty Salvation Army lass, and a dance-hall girl with a pining heart. Veteran gambler Sky Masterson (Brando) takes a bet from Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) that he can win the affection of a "soldier" (Jean Simmons) in the Salvation Army, setting himself up to lose both his money and his heart. Romance is the last thing the gambler and the missionary expect, and they fight against their attraction for all they're worth in glowing singing and dancing numbers. Love proves to be contagious as spicy dancer Miss Adelaide, in a role re-created for the screen from Broadway by showstopper Vivian Blaine, is determined to get her fiancÚ, Nathan, to the altar one way or another. Stubby Kaye and B.S. Pully also reprise their stage roles in this glorious Cinemascope film that earned four Academy Award nominations. GUYS AND DOLLS consistently ranks among the most popular film musicals of all time.
Brando's bold musical debut based on the Damon Runyon comedy about gamblers and a Salvation Army lass is adapted for the screen by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The colorful Cinemascope film posits Sky Masterson [Marlon Brando] betting Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) that he can win the heart of a lady "soldier" (Jean Simmons). The movie features popular Frank Loesser tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady," and many of the original Broadway performers reprise their roles.
Many of the stars from the Broadway musical reprised their roles in the film version of GUYS AND DOLLS.
The stage musical was based on Damon Runyon's short story.
The film earned four Academy Award nominations: Cinematography [color], Art Direction [color], Costume, and Scoring of a Musical.
In his 1995 memoir MY AMERICAN HERO, General Colin Powell lists GUYS AND DOLLS as one of his favorite films.