The Rat Pack

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Shot in 33 days, this $9.6 million biographical drama of behind-the-scenes interactions within the Rat Pack group of Frank Sinatra Ray Liotta, Dean Martin Joe Mantegna, and Sammy Davis Jr. Don Cheadle is set against the political backdrop of the '60s, establishing links of singers, gangsters, actors, and politicans sometimes brushing shoulders in the same rooms. The film also explores Sinatra's relationship with John F. Kennedy William Peterson. Deciding to support Kennedy, Sinatra patches up his feud with Peter ...
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Shot in 33 days, this $9.6 million biographical drama of behind-the-scenes interactions within the Rat Pack group of Frank Sinatra Ray Liotta, Dean Martin Joe Mantegna, and Sammy Davis Jr. Don Cheadle is set against the political backdrop of the '60s, establishing links of singers, gangsters, actors, and politicans sometimes brushing shoulders in the same rooms. The film also explores Sinatra's relationship with John F. Kennedy William Peterson. Deciding to support Kennedy, Sinatra patches up his feud with Peter Lawford Angus Macfadyen, since Lawford's wife, Pat Phyllis Lyons is JFK's sister -- and a Sinatra-Kennedy friendship soon follows. However, when Joe Kennedy Dan O'Herlihy decides Sinatra's nightclub, mob and commie connections are a no-no for JFK, the patriarch's interference angers Sinatra. Meanwhile, Sammy Davis Jr. enters into an interracial liaison with May Britt Megan Dodds, and the dynamics of the situation are visualized in an imaginative musical fantasy sequence in which Davis sees himself singing and dancing for an unresponsive line of white supremacists. Broadway's Savion Glover stepped in with the film's choreography. Substitute singers featured the voice of Michael Dees for Sinatra and Mantegna duplicating Dino. Also covered here are the events that led to the filming of Ocean's Eleven 1960. For an actual Rat Pack stage performance, see The Rat Pack Captured 1965. Filmed in LA, the TV movie premiered August 22, 1998 on HBO.
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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Little more than a gossipy trip down memory lane, Rob Cohen's Rat Pack is elevated by its performers. Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna, and Don Cheadle do fine work as, respectively, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Mantegna, who also did the singing for his character, gets at the truth that was far different from Martin's public image. Cheadle communicates real stress and pain in the life of the continually harassed Davis, while also capturing the ease and joy of the performer on stage. Liotta cannot hope to capture the particular qualities of Sinatra that made him a star, almost no actor could, but he does provide a solid center for the film. The material about JFK, RFK, Ava Gardner, and Marilyn Monroe all plays like little more than an expensive episode of Behind the Music, but when these men along with Angus MacFadyen as Peter Lawford and Bobby Slayton as Joey Bishop are depicted together the film finds life. The cast should be applauded for capturing the rhythm of the performers they are portraying, even if they have not been given material worthy of those performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • UPC: 026359155130
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Liotta Frank Sinatra
Joe Mantegna Dean Martin
Don Cheadle Sammy Davis Jr.
Angus MacFadyen Peter Lawford
William Petersen John F. Kennedy
Bobby Slayton Joey Bishop
Zeljko Ivanek Bobby Kennedy
Robert Miranda Momo Giancana
Todd Susman Hank
Tyrees Allen George Jacobs
Peter Iacangelo Johnny
Greg Lipari Sr. Jimmy
Veronica Cartwright Rocky Cooper
Megan Dodds May Britt
Barbara Niven Marilyn Monroe
John Diehl Joe DiMaggio
Dan O'Herlihy Joe Kennedy
Alan Woolf Mickey Cohen
Joe Cortese Johnny Roselli
Deborah Kara Unger Ava Gardner
Dey Young Jeanne Martin
Tom Dressen Caesar's Comedian
Mary Cadorette Betty
Lewis Saunders Big John
Michelle Grace Judy Campbell
Phyllis Lyons Pat Lawford
Charles Walker Jefferson
Michael T. Wright Walter Winchell
Technical Credits
Rob Cohen Director
Mark Adler Score Composer
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Caruso Producer
Stokely Chaffin Co-producer
Nancy Foy Casting
Savion Glover Choreography
Shane Hurlbut Cinematographer
Hilda Stark Manos Production Designer
Neal H. Moritz Executive Producer
Kario Salem Screenwriter
Eric Sears Editor
Marvin Westmore Makeup
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Rat Pack Movie

    Having grown up at a time when the actual Rat Pack was in full swing I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did . I thought that the actors did an extremly good job ! Even for a die hard Sinatra and
    Dean Martin fan this movie will entertain you and the acting will soon make you forget that these are not the real people . Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna are outstanding but Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr. actually becomes Sammy in this movie . I would prefer to see the real Rat Pack but since that is not possible I would recommend this DVD very highly .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glory Days...THE RAT PACK brings back '60's Vegas.

    Watching this made for HBO production makes you long for the days when the Vegas Strip wasn't gridlocked at 11AM Sunday morning. Before ''The Mirage'' and ''Mandalay Bay'' were even a throught, Frank, Dean, Sammy and crew made the the Land of Coin & Sand the place to be. Incredible performance by Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis, Jr. Accurate images and moods.

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