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Sinatra, Frank: Suddenly [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Frank Sinatra , Sterling Hayden , Lewis Allen    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Kim Charney
  • Directors: Lewis Allen
  • Writers: Richard Sale
  • Producers: Robert Bassler
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Delta
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YKQZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra, Underrated Actor 16 Feb 2006
By Paul D
Format:DVD
Suddenly is a small town in America, a small town in which nothing much happens. Until today. The President is due to make an unscheduled stop in Suddenly, and the townsfolk are joined by Secret Service agents there to ensure the President’s safety. They, however, are not the only newcomers in town: a gang, led by Frank Sinatra, are there on an entirely different mission: to kill the President. He and his two accomplices take over the house of a young widow, whose husband died in the war. Also there are her son, her father in law, the local sheriff, who is in love with her, and a visiting repairman.
This film is a revelation. In other circumstances, Sinatra could have become a top actor rather than a singer. The performance he gives here is masterful, creepy and edgy; he insists that he is not a traitor: in the war, he won a Silver Star. Now he sells his loyalty for cash. His only motivation is the payment he will get from his actions, even though he realises that the President is no more than a figurehead: as soon as the President is killed, another man will take over. This knowledge is what turns this film from a run-of-the-mill thriller into something special.
There are some old-fashioned homilies about loyalty and doing one’s duty, even if that means dying for one’s country, ideas which may not sit well in today’s world. The setting, mainly in one house, gives the film a claustrophobic feel, with characters getting on each other’s nerves.
Sinatra had this film withdrawn when it became known that JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had watched the film not long before carrying out his assassination. Whether this really had an effect on his actions will never be known, but the situation it presents, and the planning which went into it, certainly make it possible.
This is an underrated and highly watchable film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good But Unrestored Film 25 April 2010
By Frank
Format:DVD
Unfortunately, this version of this good classic old B-Movie film-noire is not restored and is not in great condition. In fact, the quality is similar to what is available for free to download over internet. Good movie, but not worth the price for the quality of the transfer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly Sinatra 23 Sep 2003
Format:DVD
This is an unknown gem. Think of Mr Sintra's films and you are drawn to his oscar winning performance in 'From Here To Eternity' or the Rat Pack fun of 'Ocean's Eleven', but here we find a darker Sinatra.
The President is going to make a quick stop in the small town of Suddenly, where nothing happens. He should just have to get out his car and get on a train, except there is an assassin plotting to take him out. Sinatra is that assassin, taking hostage a family until his deed is done.
Sinatra is superb, going through the whole range, cocksure hitman to mad lone gunman. Since getting hold of this DVD I have forced everybody I know to sit and appriciate Sinatra's unexpectedly excellent performance.
Sinatra himself pulled the film from any further release after the assassination of JFK, as that case of life imitating art cut a little to close for the President's former drinking buddy.
An extremely watchable movie, made unmissable for Sinatra's performance. Watch and see your opinion of Frank change forever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly - the movie 2 Jan 2010
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Suddenly - the movie

Three would-be presidential assassins, led by John Baron (Frank Sinatra), arrive in the small California town of Suddenly - so-called because `It's the way things used to happen around here'. As their vantage point, they take over a house owned by retired Secret Service agent Pop Benson (James Gleason), living with his widowed daughter-in-law Ellen (Nancy Gates) and her son (played by Kim Charney). But the assassins hadn't reckoned on interference from the town sheriff Tod Shaw (Sterling Hayden) and a troup of newly arrived Secret Service men.

This black-and-white movie released in 1954 was withdrawn for several years at Sinatra's request after the assassination of his friend John F. Kennedy. It is only 75 min long and the sound and picture quality are poor by present-day standards, but it is tense throughout that time and all the cast play their parts well. Some aspects of the Sinatra character, and even some of the dialogue he has, were reprised when he played arranger Barney Sloan in Young At Heart. The film score was composed by David Raksin, already known for his score of another thriller, Laura (1944). That theme became so popular that Johnny Mercer provided lyrics to the piece.

For what it is, this film is still thoroughly recommendable, despite its shortcomings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive Aspect Ratio. 23 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is NOT a review of this reasonably good thriller but I would love to know why the movie is advertised as Widescreen when it most certainly is NOT. I was always of the notion that a Widescreen movie stretched from one side of a 16.9 TV to the other. Am I wrong? The DVD we have here is full screen yet it states on the case that it is 1.33 Widescreen. Yikes! Is this self-contradictory or what?
Is there anyone out there who could explain to me how a 1.33 aspect ratio movie, can at the same time, be called Widescreen? Help!

Joe Doherty.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory drama, intriguing provenance 3 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
A film which explores the moral ambiguity of gun ownership without actually making its viewpoint specific, and a film made famous for its subsequent history rather than the quality of its production.
The US president is changing trains in a small town. The local police chief is entrusted with the secret and given the task of making sure everything runs smoothly. Overlooking the station is the home of a widow whom the policeman is wooing - this is the 1950's, it's quite coy. He buys her son a cap pistol - she is outraged that he should be encouraging the boy to play with guns.
But there are others about to appear who have no worries about playing with guns. Frank Sinatra plays a former soldier, a sniper in World War 2, a fractured, disturbed individual who found a role and a purpose when he had a gun in his hand ... and who is now a professional assassin intent on gunning down the president.
In places, a tense, well-paced drama, much of the action takes place within the widow's sitting room. It can be a touch claustrophobic in places, the storyline a tad predictable, and some of the acting appears melodramatic half a century down the line.
Not a bad film in its own right, but, even with Sinatra's presence it would likely have remained an obscure B-movie, remembered only to 'Old Blue Eyes' aficionados and film buffs had it not been watched by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before he assassinated Kennedy.
And suddenly the narrative and dialogue of this film ratchet up several points! The film voices the outrage of ordinary citizens at the concept of killing a president, yet, for Sinatra's character, the president is merely a figurehead, someone who will be replaced by another the instant the bullet strikes ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
My copy of this film will not play on a multi-region Blu-ray player.
Published 1 month ago by STINKY
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
does not do sinatra justice.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M. E. Sedgwick
1.0 out of 5 stars The copy didn't play in any of our cd players
Didn't play in any of our cd players or other family members. Was disappointed even although quite cheap. sorry, thanks
Published 5 months ago by Julie Hay
4.0 out of 5 stars I WONDER WHAT JFK THOUGHT OF THIS MOVIE?
It's a movie to watch when there is nothing else to fill your mind and imagination. I wonder if JFK ever watched this movie?
Published 9 months ago by Mervyn O. Hagger
4.0 out of 5 stars God and the Gun!
Suddenly is directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard Sale. It stars Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Kim Charney and Christopher Dark. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Spike Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars A film Sinatra tried to ban.
We go back a good few years. I first saw this little gem on TV many moons ago, at least twice in fact. Then suddenly no more. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ye Friendly Woodland Outlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp low-budget thriller
Intense, sometimes hokey thriller of small time hoods led by a surprisingly good Frank Sinatra, paid to assassinate the president when he stops in a small town. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars A different Sinatra
Whilst talking with friends about an old film called "Suddenly last summer" I remembered a "B" movie from way back called "Suddenly" with Frank Sinatra in a non-singing role and... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Victor E. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Sinatra
Very pleased with purchase. No complaints.

Many thanks.
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by Eleanor Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Suddenly is one of my all time favourite films, mainly due to Sinatra's excellent performance. Sterling Hayden is as always Sterling Hayden, not much of a surprise there. Read more
Published on 16 May 2008 by TKr
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