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VINE VOICEon 24 August 2012
I wasn't really sure what to expect from these 2 movies. They are both very old with what must be some of Sinatra's earliest performances (I don't know this, I'm guessing). They are both marked as well by being slightly controversial. Suddenly was apparently withdrawn at Sinatra's bidding once he'd found out Lee Harvey Oswald had watched it before assassinating Kennedy (Suddenly is about a Presidential assassination attempt), and The Man With The Golden Arm didn't have a rating (I don't know how that happens) due to it's drug related content.
Despite my initial worry that these may just be Sinatra fodder films sold to make a quick buck I needn't have worried. Both films really are superb, and in both Sinatra shows what a great actor he was. His portrayal of a drug addict reminded me so much of Trainspotting it must have blown the audiences minds away with what it means to be an addict. He is such an intense actor you really get sucked into his world in both movies.
I've always thought of Sinatra in much the same way as Elvis when it comes to movies, just something else he did to broaden his fame, but I have changed that opinion after these films, he really was a great actor...who also happened to be a great singer.
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on 16 May 2008
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. Sinatra, however, begins the film with the portrayal of a cocksure hit-man who seems to be an ice cold control freak. Throughout the film, a cat and mouse game between Hayden and Sinatra unfolds resulting in Sinatra losing his cool. The cold blooded killer, slowly and bit by bit, turns into a deranged psychopath. This is certainly one of the most impressive performances I have ever seen in my life and shows what a fine actor Sinatra was. All in all, it's a fairly unspectacular B movie with not much of a story that turns into a nail bitingly exciting game of life and death between the two men. A must see.
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on 30 August 2010
The man with the golden arm is an excellent greek-like drama set in modern times, one of the most recommendable ones.
The characters are well portrayed by an excellent cast and the plot gripping almost to the end.
Frank Sinatra plays remarkably the role of an (ex-)drug addict who attempts to start a new life. However he must first try to escape from his past one... which slowly drags him back in to his old demons.
Even if the end is a bit foreseable with a last "Coup de théatre" and a kind of happy ending I rate this film as 5 stars
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on 22 January 2015
Got this for my mum who had seen it many years ago and said what a good film it was.She is a huge Sinatra fan and as we where bought up listening to Frank knew he could sing.Having now watched this I can honestly say"This man can act"
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on 30 December 2014
Two very good films probably Franks best.
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on 30 June 2014
The five stars are for The Man with the Golden Arm. I would rate Suddenly three stars. Frank Sinatra is excellent in both and they contrast good guy (Golden Arm) with bad guy (Suddenly).
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on 17 December 2013
These are quite old and a bit dated but still worth the money. Sinatra could certainly act. Go get it!
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on 15 March 2016
Two ace films ! This edition has excellent VISION AND SOUND !!
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on 23 February 2015
Classic
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on 10 November 2015
o.k but black and white,mum who's89 enjoyed it.
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