Suddenly

Suddenly

Director: Lewis Allen

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason

     
 

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Suddenly is the name of the small town invaded by professional assassin Frank Sinatra and his henchmen. Taking a local family hostage, Sinatra sets up a vigil at the second-story window of the family's home. From here, he intends to kill the President of the United States when the latter makes a whistle-stop visit. The film's tension level is enough to induce goose

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Suddenly is the name of the small town invaded by professional assassin Frank Sinatra and his henchmen. Taking a local family hostage, Sinatra sets up a vigil at the second-story window of the family's home. From here, he intends to kill the President of the United States when the latter makes a whistle-stop visit. The film's tension level is enough to induce goose pimples from first scene to last. Sinatra is outstanding as the disgruntled war vet who hopes to become a "somebody" by killing the president. The parallels between his character and Lee Harvey Oswald's are too close for comfort, so much so that Suddenly was withdrawn from local TV packages for several years after the JFK assassination. Sinatra would claim in later years that he himself engineered the removal of Suddenly from general distribution, though in fact he'd lost whatever rights he'd held on the film when it lapsed into public domain. Be sure and miss the notorious colorized version of this black-and-white thriller, wherein Sinatra is transformed into Ol' Brown Eyes.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Frank Sinatra stars as a jittery presidential assassin in this unpretentious B-movie which features fine work by Sterling Hayden and James Gleason. The lesser known of the two films involving the singer which were withdrawn from distribution after the death of JFK -- the other is the brilliant The Manchurian Candidate -- it also deals with an attempted presidential assassination, while offering a more conventional portrait of cold-war hysteria and '50s conformity. Particularly in its suggestion that Nancy Gates' war widow character is a helpless creature badly in need of protection from the local cop, it's very much of its time. While its confinement to one set and workmanlike direction give the project the feel of a photographed play, the principal characters are fleshed-out well enough to be compelling for the brief running time of the film. Sinatra is excellent as the paranoid, embittered WWII vet who leads the team of hired assassins, Gleason has one of his best parts as a wily retiree who understands how to exploit the chinks in the killer's psyche, and Hayden is solid in a lesser role.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
UPC:
0844503000743
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Legend Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
32,575

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Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra John Baron
Sterling Hayden Tod Shaw
James Gleason Pop Benson
Nancy Gates Ellen Benson
Willis B. Bouchey Dan Carney
Paul H. Frees Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark Bart Wheeler
Kim Charney Peter "Pidge" Benson III
Ken Dibbs Wilson
Clark Howat Haggerty
James Lilburn Jud Kelly
Charles B. Smith Bebop
Paul Wexler Slim Adams
Dan White Burge
Richard Collier Ed Hawkins
Roy Engel First Driver
Ted Stanhope Driver
Charles Wagenheim Kaplan
John Beradino Trooper

Technical Credits
Lewis Allen Director
Robert Bassler Producer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Willard Buell Makeup
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Louis de Witt Special Effects
Charles R. Hall Production Manager
Hal Klein Asst. Director
Jack Masters Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
David Raksin Score Composer
Richard Sale Screenwriter
John Schreyer Editor
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Herman Townsley Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Suddenly
1. Welcome To Suddenly [6:33]
2. An Emergency [6:36]
3. Grandpa Knows Best [7:04]
4. Something Fishy [4:07]
5. Take No Chances [7:51]
6. We've Got To Do Something [4:14]
7. A Very Careful Man [8:00]
8. Feelings Are A Trap [7:51]
9. Gunfire [7:56]
10. A Born Killer [10:15]
11. A Shocking Situation [4:51]
12. End Credits [:21]

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