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Suddenly [Blu-ray] [1954] [US Import]

Sterling Hayden , Frank Sinatra , Lewis Allen    Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sterling Hayden, Frank Sinatra
  • Directors: Lewis Allen
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Film Chest Company
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089X37VY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,388 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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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God and the Gun! 3 Nov 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. Music is by David Raksin and cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.

The small American town of Suddenly is gearing up for a pit stop visit by the President of the United States. Unfortunately the President's visit has attracted the attention of assassins, who hold hostage the Benson family and friends as their home is the perfect viewpoint for a sniper shot at the President...

Show me a guy with feelings and I'll show you a sucker.

Sinatra was never comfortable with his role in Suddenly, even before he "requested" it be removed from circulation post the assassination of his friend JFK in 63, there was a feeling within the Sinatra camp that playing such a despicable character would harm his image. More so as it came a year after his Oscar winning performance in From Here to Eternity. Blue Eyes would even try to make good on the characterisation by reversing the roles as it were for The Manchurian Candidate 1962, but of course a lot of things changed after November 22nd 1963. This all gives Suddenly a curiosity value that it actually doesn't need, for it's a gripping thriller capable of standing on its own two feet, and it's boosted by a terrific performance from Sinatra, one of his best in fact.

That it was hard to see for quite some time is a shame, because it deserves to be better known. The makers take a hostage scenario and give it a noir edge by way of the conspiracy angle, some paranoia, a family in peril and a strong noir staple of a returning soldier from a war badly scarred by his experiences.
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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 8 days ago by STINKY
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 3 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 8 months ago by Mervyn O. Hagger
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 10 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drama
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 15 May 2008 by TKr
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