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The Rat Pack [DVD]

Ray Liotta , Joe Mantegna , Rob Cohen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna, Don Cheadle, Angus Macfadyen, William Petersen
  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Writers: Kario Salem
  • Producers: Creighton Bellinger, Fred C. Caruso, Neal H. Moritz, Stokely Chaffin, Tom Horn
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY4I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,259 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An irresistible melange of showbiz and politics, The Rat Pack is a sprawling HBO TV movie about the late-50s axis between Frank Sinatra's cool-talking cronies and the White House-bound Kennedy clan. Ray Liotta, William L Petersen and Joe Mantegna manage to give real performances as opposed to impersonations as Frankie, JFK and Dean Martin, and there's a stand-out turn from Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr, who fantasises a blazing, gunslinging rendition of "I've Got You Under My Skin" as delivered to the cross-burning Nazi pickets outside his hotel campaigning against his marriage to a white Swedish starlet. Naturally the story goes over a lot of familiar ground (Marilyn Monroe, and so on,) but the Hollywood-Vegas angle, with the obvious criminal tie-ins, lends it a freshness. Angus McFadyen remains typecast as real-life actors, following up his Orson Welles (Cradle Will Rock) and Richard Burton (Liz, the Elizabeth Taylor biopic) by doing a squirming, but funny take on Peter Lawford, caught between the White House and Sinatra's vast, demanding ego. Its general style is somewhere between a Scorsese gangland epic and made-for-TV muckraking biopic and a lot of material from Shawn Levy's fine book Rat Pack Confidential is worked into the weave.

On the DVD: The Rat Pack is a no-frills disc presented in a good-looking 16:9 anamorphic transfer, though as it's a TV movie this means trimming the top and the bottom of the image. --Kim Newman

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

16:9 Anamorphic
English Stereo

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are the REAL rats in this movie?? 14 April 2003
This is a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the biggest stars of the fifties and sixties. You know the music, you know the movies and all about this gang of buddies. Swanning around and doing their own thing.
But as this film shows, there were even bigger fish frying.
Politics, Organised Crime and Showbusiness were more closely linked than you might think.
A little known but great film in my view with more value and insight than JFK and with better tunes too!
No extras on the DvD but who cares? At the price of 5.99 it is utterley reccomended. Just buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Ones Are The Best 5 April 2009
I saw this film being advertised for TV airing but couldn't view it when broadcast. Being a fan of the Rat Pack, I thought it would be worth purchasing - Amazon have come up trumps yet again.

It's a great insight into the psyche of the US political landscape of the late 50's and early 60's, recounting all the intrigue of the Kennedy's involvement with the Mob via Sinatra's connections. The race issue is also covered and handled in a tremendous manner when it comes to Sammy Davis Jnr's marriage to a white woman.

A terrific film which I thoroughly endorse for anyone whose interests lie in this period of social reform.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Mar 2014
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Actors were believable in their roles. Would recommend this to anyone who are fans of Dean and Frank. Good insight into their world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rat pack dvd film 14 July 2013
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Loved it, a very good insight to the antics of the day in the murky world of show business and the power play that went on at the time,well acted and compelling, thanks, ted h
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 9 Jun 2013
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great service and great condition-enjoyed this film.Recommend this as a great understanding of what they were really like.
Must see
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