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7.3
/10
377 Ratings

On the Town

Directed by Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
United States, 1949
Musical, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

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On the Town Directed by Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1950 | Winner: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

BAFTA Awards

1951 | Nominee: Best Film from any Source

Writers Guild of America

1950 | Winner: Best Written American Musical (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1950 | Nominee: Best Cinematography - Color

Critics reviews

A neat little story, predictable in parts, still manages to slyly toe the line between wholesome Broadway razzle-dazzle and ribald fun. The iconic opening number (“It’s a helluva…”) affords a rare look at the post-War Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of a half-dozen other tourist traps captured during nine pick-up days on the sidewalks of New York.
September 11, 2016
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Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen take the MGM musical outdoors, the New York minute is stretched to 24 hours… Scorsese has a flashing memory of the Brooklyn Bridge chase in Mean Streets, from the top of the Empire State Building to the Coney Island fairground is one long carnival. The ascending crane at the close contemplates an industrial cityscape transformed by music, and perhaps the It’s Always Fair Weather hangover on the horizon.
January 01, 2010
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