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Swing Time

comedy


That dancin' duo - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - sweep the floor again in this Oscar-winning romantic musical comedy about a dancer who tries to make it big in order to prove himself worthy of his fiancée.

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    88%

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Tip-top Fred and Ginger delight, which is another way of saying one of the best musicals ever.

- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: a platform for some amazing set pieces and big musical numbers

- Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com, Monday, May 14, 2007

Fresh: This film has a director with a point of view, the talented George Stevens, who recognizes and amplifies the emotion in the Astaire/Rogers pairing.

- Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine, Friday, August 5, 2005

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A gambling dancer travels to the big city to win/earn enough money to marry his fiancee but falls for his dance partner in the process. Those who like this film are compelled by the combination of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and they find the music "peerless," to quote Stephen Garrett. While I can deny that Astaire and Rogers can dance well and the music is fun, the film as a whole is not very good. The story is a cliche. It was entertaining enough to hang around three stars for me, propelled by the fun chemistry between Astaire and Rogers (fun fact: I heard they hated each other in real life), but the completely unnecessary, racially insensitive Fred Astaire-in-blackface dance dropped the film an extra star. Overall, only Astaire and Rogers fans, those who are already in the dancers' camps, will like this film.

- hunterjt13, Saturday, April 20, 2013

4 stars

"Some day, when I'm awfully low, When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you... and the way you look tonight." "The Way You Look Tonight" is a re-occurring song in "Swing Time", though it's first introduced lyrically by Fred Astaire, as he sings to Ginger Rogers in an off-the-cuff moment at the piano. Oh, Fred plays a character named "Lucky" and Ginger plays a character named "Penny", but it's hardly worth the effort to differentiate them from their characters. Like Bogart or Marilyn Monroe, the two of them are rarely completely divorced from the characters they play, they are stars with a capital "S". Beautiful, talented, graceful stars. It's not that they are starring in a movie but that the movie is a vehicle for their stardom, a means of allowing us to see them in their element. So Fred Astaire, performing as a character named "Lucky" is supposed to marry a girl, only the guys from his dance act sabotage him and cause him to miss the wedding. Undeterred, he decides to win her back, with her father's stipulation that he earn $25,000 before he returns to marry her. So Lucky and his pal Pop (Victor Moore), set off for the city in hopes of making their fortune. It's there Lucky has a run-in with a beautiful little dancer by the name of Penny (Rogers). She doesn't like him at first, but soon the two are forming a dance routine and it's only a matter of time before love follows. But what about the girl back home? Great songs, great musical direction, great dance numbers all highlight this film, often touted as the best of the Astaire/Rogers collaborations. It's most certainly enjoyable, and even perhaps a bit touching. It's something from an era of Hollywood that has long past and is in danger of being forgotten. An era of class and sophistication that is a nice change of pace from the modern world. At least once in a while.

- bottcorecords1, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

4 stars

I really liked this film. It has one of my favorite song "A Fine Romance" The story is great and the numbers are fantastic.

- Doctor0Quinzel, Tuesday, July 8, 2008