All The Way R

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A down-on-his-luck rock promoter lands the gig of a lifetime with Frank Sinatra... but he may have bit off more than he can chew.

Starring:
Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

All The Way

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Genres Drama, Music, Comedy
Director Paul Goldman
Starring Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith
Supporting actors Portia de Rossi, Joel Edgerton, Rose Byrne, David Hemmings, David Field, Victoria Thaine, Stephen O'Rourke, Nicholas Hope, George Vidalis, Peter Demlakian, Tony Barry, Vincent Ball, Jennifer Hagan, Keith Robinson, Nicholas Papademetriou, Lena Cruz, Alex Babic, James Garcia
Studio First Look Studios
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

This is a really great semi-documentary!
Brad Moseley
Very underrated and very entertaining Aussie film with Dennis Hopper as Sinatra.
dMk
I couldn't stop watching his awful performance.
Paul Manfredi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2005
Format: DVD
ALL THE WAY (aka THE NIGHT WE CALLED IT A DAY) is a docudrama of sorts: it is based on a true incident that happened in Australia in 1974 and still is grumbled about today. Why this flimsy film was made in the first place seems only due to lasting resentments on the part of the Australians at the arrogant and crude behavior of Frank Sinatra when he made an appearance in Sydney during a world tour: he insulted the press, caused the labor unions to react in defiance by cordoning off his connection to the world outside his darkened hotel suite and demanded an apology from the star, an act that Sinatra refused to do.

Writers Peter Clifton and Michael Thomas have attempted to make this boring incident viable by revealing the background events and characters surrounding the event. They have created Rod Blue (Joel Edgerton) as a failing show promoter who puts all his money and future into assuring the house for the concert. Australia loved Sinatra: this seemed his ticket to ride. Frank Sinatra (Dennis Hopper playing Dennis Hopper) arrives and one of the Press who alienates Sinatra is Rod's girl Hillary (Portia di Rossi) and when she asks inappropriate questions, Sinatra calls her a hooker and there begins the furor of the Aussies. The people are incensed at Sinatra's foul mouth and insensitivity and boycott the concert. The Labor Unions, representing the people of Australia, strike so that Sinatra is trapped in his hotel without light, water, food, room service, etc. Rod Blue's surefire scheme seems destined to fail.

Sinatra is accompanied by his squad of hefty goons and his current paramour Barbara Marx (Melanie Griffith) and it is Barbara who intervenes and helps salvage the situation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony Rome on April 13, 2005
Format: DVD
In July of 1974 Sinatra made wordwide headlines during his first concert appearance in Australia since 1959.

Reacting to being "manhandled" by members of the Australian press corps, Sinatra, as was his habit, used the concert stage to lash back, calling members of the Austrlian press "pimps and whores"....

..." wouldn't drink water with them," Frank said,"much less talk to them.....we, who have God given talent say to hell with them!"

The Australian labor unions, unimpressed by the Sinatra legend, responded quickly ("who the hell does this man Sinatra think he is?!"--refusing to fuel Frank's private jet; virtually keeping him prisoner in the country and cutting off all room service to his hotel suite.

Eventually, after a series of summit meeting between Sinatra's attorney, Mickey Rudin, and Robert Hawke, Union President, things were worked out and Sinatra finished his concert tour and fled Australia amidst a sea of tabloid headlines (SINATRA DECLARES WAR ON AUSTRALIA).

This event has been dramatized in a new Austrlian made film "All The Way" (originally entitled "The Night We Called It A Day" when first released in 2003).

Sinatra's "war" with Australia could have made an interesting film, but the writers and director of "All The Way" (Michael Thomas, Peter Clifton and Paul Goldman) literally fitter away every available opporunity.

The film's plot centers around a down on his luck rock promoter, who scores his one big chance at success by bringing Sinatra to Australia.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Manfredi on June 22, 2011
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This is a great "bad" movie! I'm a big Sinatra fan and I found it very enjoyable and entertaining. Dennis Hopper is terrible as Frank Sinatra, but that's what makes it fun. I couldn't stop watching his awful performance. Melanie Griffith is very good as Barbara. And there's also Jilly and Mickey Rudin. Some of it is fact -Sinatra's famous trip to Australia and refusal to apologize. The rest all seems very, very made up but it's fun to watch. The guy singing Frank's songs is bad too. The best part of the movie is Frank's refusal to apologize and his making it worse each time with more insults. Like this comment: "I have some regrets. I got off the plane". That's good stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James D. Long on August 9, 2010
Format: DVD
An entertaining indie film, also released as THE NIGHT WE CALLED IT A DAY. The story seems romanticized in its view of Frank Sinatra's major dust up with the Aussie press. But it actually happened. Dennis Hopper's performance does sell the story while, at the same time, can be a bit distracting--simply because Hopper bears so little physical resemblance to the legendary crooner. What also makes the film worthwhile is a solid line-up of Australian players now familiar to American audiences, including Rose Byrne who was so dynamic in FX's DAMAGES and Portia DiRossi, better known for her great comic turn in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Hearing them emote in their native accents, reminds us how easily Aussie thespians can handle our American inflections. Another fine player is Joel Edgerton as the young promoter who bets all his dreams on getting Ol Blue Eyes to perform down under.
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