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A Hole In The Head [DVD]

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman
  • Producers: Frank Sinatra, Frank Capra
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028HCDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,324 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Feel-good slice of 50s entertainment directed by Frank Capra. Widower Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) leads a glamorous lifestyle that he can't afford. His love of women and the high life is tempered by only one thing: his 12-year-old son Ally (Eddie Hodges). When he approaches his wealthy, respectable brother Mario (Edward G Robinson) to bail him out financially yet again, his brother agrees on one condition: that he agree either to hand Ally over to his custody, or get his act together and settle down and marry a nice sensible woman. Tony and Ally reluctantly agree to Mario's request, but when he meets the woman Mario has in mind (played by Eleanor Parker), Tony realises he's definitely made the right decision. Sinatra's song for the film, 'High Hopes' won an Oscar for Best Song in 1959.

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The story is set in Miami, where down-on-his-luck Tony (Frank Sinatra) is struggling to keep his shabby hotel in the black. He's also got his hands full raising his precocious son Ally (Eddie Hodges) and romancing a free-spirit (Carolyn Jones). His wealthy brother (Edward G. Robinson) agrees to support Tony but in exchange, Ally must come to live with him.

This is a wonderful, feel-good comedy/drama with excellent acting all around. Sinatra's Tony is a handsome and cool dreamer who can't seem to catch a break but he's a loving father and has many tender scenes with young Eddie (who mugs a bit too much but is very talented). Robinson and Thelma Ritter as the rich relatives provide a lot of dry, Brooklyn humor and are wonderful as is Eleanor Powell in a small but endearing role.

This 1959 movie is a bit dated but still quite enjoyable. I had a smile on my face and a little tear as well. Sweet and wholesome; highly recommended.
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A HOLE IN THE HEAD [1959] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The Most Wonderful Entertainment In The Whole Wide World!

Capra-esque in every way. `A Hole In The Head' come to you via Blu-ray in all its rollicking, fun filled, song-filled glory. With his master touch, the brilliant and legendary direct Frank Capra [`It's A Wonderful Life' and `Pocketful Of Miracles']. Once again catches lightening in a bottle, when he teams with Frank Sinatra [`On The Town,' `The Manchurian Candidate' and Pal Joey'], Edward G. Robinson [`Little Caesar,' `Key Largo' and `The Ten Commandments'] and Eleanor Parker [`The Sound of Music,' `Pride of the Marines' and `Human Bondage'] in this sentimental comedy. `A Hole in the Head' screenplay by Arnold Schulman is based upon his play.

In the tradition of `It's A Wonderful Life,' `Mr. Deeds Goes To Washington' and `Pocketful of Miracles' director Frank Capra weaves a comic tale filled with heart, laughs and love . . . and introduces the classic standard "High Hopes" to the world.

Featured in supporting roles is Thelma Ritter [`All About Eve,' `Miracle on 34th Street' and `Rear Window'], Keenan Wynn [`Annie get Your Gun,' `The Great Race' and `Nashville'] and Carolyn Jones [`The Seven Year Itch' and TV's `The Addams Family'].

FILM FACT: Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen won the Academy Award® for Best Original Song for "High Hopes." The screenplay was adapted by playwright Arnold Schulman, whose father was the operator of a Miami, Florida hotel.

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Eddie Hodges, Carolyn Jones, Edward G. Robinson, Thelma Ritter, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Joi Lansing, Joyce Nizzari, Dub Taylor, Ruby Dandridge, James Komack, Connie Sawyer, Dub Taylor, George DeWitt, Benny Rubin, Ruby Dandridge, B.S.
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Frank Capra's second-last film (the last one was "Pocketful Of Miracles" in 1961) is a pleasant romp in the cha-cha fueled Miami Beach of the late 1950s. Frank Sinatra is a playboy dad/small-time hotel owner going for the big stakes (in ideas and women) while dancing the night away with bongo-playing, upstairs beatnik tenant Caroline Jones. His brother (Edward G. Robinson) is in town trying to get Frank to wake up to himself, marry a decent girl, stop partying and open a dreary little business of his own instead of shooting for the stars. It almost works until a millionaire ex-buddy of Frank's hits town and gives Frank "High Hopes" before it all gets tragically pear-shaped...

Okay, now if you have the Region 1 copy of this dvd, get rid of it and buy the region 2 one. The Region 2 disc is anamorphic wide screen, where Region 1 is 4:3 widescreen so you lose picture quality with A) "zooming" it up, and B) because it is NTSC to begin with. So it's a double-whammy! Region 2 is the way to go for picture quality. Otherwise, there are no bonus extras...not even a trailer. No subtitles. All you get as an "extra" is Chapter Selection.

A fun movie and Sinatra seems at home in his "swinger" role. The little boy who plays his son is Eddie Hodges, who had his 15 minutes of short-lived pop star fame a few years later with the singles "I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door" and "Bandit Of My Dreams". Here he does a duet with Frank on "High Hopes". Frank sings "All My Tomorrows" over the great opening titles which feature aerial views of a pre-drug wars Miami Beach, when the place was swingin'...!!
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This is a late movie that seems to have been made in the vein of the screwball comedy genre, which was at its peak during the '30's and '40's. Now, screwball movies just never have been among my favorite ones, so this movie also really isn't.

Probably most amazing thing about this movie is that's directed by Frank Capra. His touch is however nowhere to be found in this movie, even though he had worked on lots of comedies and the screwball genre before, prior to this movie. I think the foremost problem is that the movie doesn't try to be just a comedy but also a serious and heavy drama. The two things aren't that well balanced out within this movie and because of this both elements fall sort of flat.

The story and characters also just aren't that appealing in my opinion. You don't ever really connect emotionally to any of the characters because they are doing some very stupid and also irresponsible things throughout the movie. This is especially a problem with the main character, played by Frank Sinatra.

No, even despite its really solid cast the characters just don't work out too well. Edward G. Robinson's and Thelma Ritter's talent all goes to waste in this movie and they are two of my favorite actors actually.

It's also a movie that is (too) heavy on its talking. This gives away that the movie is based on a stage-play. Seriously, they should had really cut some of the dialog and add in some more comical moments, to make this movie at least more entertaining to follow. The movie is OK for about its first 30 minutes but after that you soon start to get tired of all characters sitting around and talking to each other, expressing their emotions and feelings and you'll most likely start to loose interest in this movie after a while, just like I did.
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