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Frank Sinatra minus The Rat Pack in another big heist action-adventure. Assault On A Queen is a complex, exciting thriller in which a gang of clever mercenaries plans to hold up the H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth using a refurbished WWII U-boat. Scriptwriter Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone) does some of his best work in this one-of-a-kind complex high seas caper. Two of the film's best features are the terrific color photography of the magnificent ocean liner by William H. Daniels and original musical score by the legendary, Duke Ellington. The Stellar cast includes Virna Lissi, Anthony Franciosa, Richard Conte and Reginald Denny. Directed by TV veteran Jack Donohue (The Odd Couple).

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi, Anthony Franciosa, Richard Conte, Alf Kjellin
  • Directors: Jack Donohue
  • Writers: Rod Serling, Jack Finney
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006X0ZN26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,995 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

A timeless classic that will live on!
john
You know things are not going to work according to plan but you have to believe Sinatra's character is going to come out of this ahead.
Lawrance Bernabo
This is a great adventure movie that is highly enjoyable.
Gary Gilfoy

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on July 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Adapted from a great book by Jack Finney (who wrote the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"), "Assault" follows the exploits of a bunch of losers who hit the big time when they discover a sunken U-Boat, a german sub from WWII. Restoring the sub, they plot to use it in an unbelievable act of high-seas piracy. Setting their sights on the queen of the seas, the Queen Mary, they set out in their purloined sub to rattle disarmed torpedoes at it. The plot allows some lapses in credibility (though there's only the 5 would-be pirates, compared to the numbers it would take to run a real U-boat, but that's acceptable since nothing else goes right for them.
The novel is worth a good read, but the film works its own groove - the genial soldier's of fortune of the book are replaced by a more flavorful mix, including Sinatra as the hero and the great Tony Franciosa as his rival in morality and for the love of Virna Lisi. The former U-boat ace, whose Nazi past was a wedge between him and the Americans in the book, doesn't seem so out of place among them here. Though the film junks the book's best premise of showing how these otherwise honest joes jump the line into the criminal world, it more than makes up for that with a snappy script by Rod Serling and a jazzy score by Ellington. You won't love these charachters, but you'll still be glued to them. By the time Tony Franciosa makes it aboard the Queen Mary in the uniform of an RN submariner, you'll be yelling at the screen "Leftanant! Leftanant!! There are no Liuetenants in the Royal Navy!"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin Playfair on October 25, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
This novel and subsequent 1960's film is without a doubt, a very interesting, highly improbable, but very entertaining idea concerning a group of individuals looking to make a big score for various selfish reasons. Initially looking for a sunken gold catch from an old wreck, a hired diver (Frank Sinatra) discovers and inspects a German U-Boat, unreported and in apparent good conditon found on the ocean floor. The plot turns in the film as the adventurers decide to go for the U-Boat and see if it can be used to heist gold that is currently afloat by Robbing the Queen Mary on the high seas and using the sub as a weapon. The film is handled in a laid back manner. Sinatra plays a down and out semi-alcoholic adventurer, tired of war and all the rules. The film has atmosphere. There is a terrific Jazz score by none other than Duke Ellington. The underwater scenes are good and you are left with an overall good impression of an entertaining film. It is now almost forgotten among the Sinatra films but is actually one of his better acting performances as his personality works well with the character requirements. The book of course is different, as all films tend to lean to mandatory romance requirements and dramatic character confrontations and this includes the usual formula that British films seem to be able to do without. Recommended for an evening view, if you can find a copy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Frank Sinatra plays Mark Brittain, a former submarine officer, who joins rich Italian beauty Rosa Lucchesi (Virna Lisi) and her partners Vic Rossiter (Tony Franciosa) and Eric Lauffnauer (Alf Kjellin) in diving for lost treasure off the coast of Florida. When they discover a sunken German submarine, Luaffnauer the former U-Boat commander convinces the others to raise the sub and use it to hijack the Queen Mary. "Assault on a Queen" drags a little bit when they are restoring the sub, but the actual attempt at hijacking redeems the film. You know things are not going to work according to plan but you have to believe Sinatra's character is going to come out of this ahead. Still, you can never be sure. This 1966 film was directed by Jack Donohue and had a script by Rod Serling from the novel by Jack Finney. Final Note: The music for "Assault on a Queen" was by Duke Ellington.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
A group of would-be pirates use a recovered german submarine to attempt to rob the ocean liner H.M.S Queen Mary. This was not academy award winning picture and there were no outstanding performances by the cast. It is an entertaining film none the less due to the interesting plot. The undersea photography was very good especially shots of the submarine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on May 23, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Long time fan of this film and glad I purchased this on Blu-ray well worth it transfer is very good for a 60's film. Classic Sinatra film that flys below radar and scores as one of my favorites.

For those who still have this film on VHS or even DVD the Blu-ray format is a must have. Virna Lisi never looked so good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By honourme on August 5, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i really liked the story to this movie excellent the actors were great
i do recommend this movie to everyone so all you people who like good action movies
buy it from amazon.com
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Pappas on October 27, 2012
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I remember this movie when I was young, great actors,Frank Sinatra being just 1, this was a very hard to find movie but not for Amazon lol,now I can watch it on dvd.This movie has all you need to make it a must,a lot od twists and surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat.A keeper for me .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 2, 2012
Format: DVD
With a team of internationally diverse characters planning to make a heist - and lead by Frank Sinatra - there are always obvious comparisons to Sinatra's Rat Pack caper film, "Oceans Eleven". But, while OE11 was really a comedy, AOAQ is much more serious. Yep, there is a sexy woman (Virna Lisi in lieu of Angie Dickinson) and a Black man ( Errol John in lieu of Sammy Davis Jr.) but there is no "fooling around here.)

I came to this DVD because of Rod Serling, who wrote the script. I'm a huge Serling fan. While this certainly doesn't measure up to his other screenplays, he does get in some nice lines. The scene where the "gang" meets the Captain of the Queen Mary (which they are planning to rob; but you probably know that from the other reviews) is one of those occasions.

Some of my fellow reviewers have provided you with plot details and so I won't repeat those here. I will say that the technical advisers must have worked closely with Serling because there is a LOT of technical jargon about submarines in the dialogue.

You also need to throw creditability out the window (wait, submarines have no windows! But you know what I mean.) The film is only 106 minutes long so there is little time for the "set up" We never learn how the original three characters (played by Tony Franciosa, Alf Kjellin and Lisi found each other (or where HER money came from - after all, she is funding the "heist").

I found the film worth watching because Olive Films did such a great job of remastering the Technicolor print of this Paramount film. The underwater sequences are impressive and image sharp. (I watched the DVD; not the BD version.). This is just one of many Paramount films that the small, independent reissue company, Olive, has been working on.
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