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Some Came Running (2008)

Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Leora Dana, Roy Engel
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XE1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Some Came Running" on IMDb

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  • New featurette: The Story of Some Came Running
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After a round of partying he can’t remember, World War II veteran Dave Hirsh is placed on a bus headed for the last place he’d choose: Parkman, Indiana, the hometown Hirsh hasn't seen in well over a decade. Frank Sinatra plays Hirsh, whose arrival in Parkman brings small-town hypocrisy to the unforgiving light of day in this character-driven tale directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on a novel by James Jones (whose From Here to Eternity had led to Sinatra’s 1953 Oscar). In his first screen pairing with Sinatra, Dean Martin plays a sharp-witted cardsharp. And Shirley MacLaine earned one of the movie's five Academy AwardÒ nominations as the good-hearted floozie with a potentially fatal attraction to Hirsh.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Son Returns.... February 29, 2008
To the untrained eye this 1958 Vincente Minnelli MGM melodrama looks like an excerise in Rat Pack sleaze, as it stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine at the summit of their ring-a-ding-ding hijinks. Don't be fooled -- this movie is absolutley dead serious, even as it flies as luridly over the top as the last act of a bel canto opera. Based on James (From Here to Eternity) Jones' unreadable novel, story tells of Dave Hersch (Sinatra), a just de-mobilized World War Two vet and novelist who returns to his small mid-Western hometown of Parkman, Ill. Hersch apparently was a troubled delinquent after being orphaned as a teen, and eventually his older brother (Arthur Kennedy) stuck him in an orphanage. Dave ran away, and this is his first time back in years. He had published some fiction with mixed success before the war, and now he's blocked and trying to figure out his next move. His brother, who is now owner of the local bank and a pillar of the community, is terrified Dave is a)out for some kind of revenge and b)will do something to bring scandal down on his good name. Parkman, incidentally, is the kind of white-picket fence churchgoing place where every pillar of the community family man harbors a drinking problem, a mistress, and teenage kids who are veering towards delinquency.

As the older brother correctly feared, Dave has grown up to be a tough, cynical, hard-drinking womanizer who trouble usually follows, and as soon as he arrives in pastoral Parkman, he gravitates to the Wrong Side of the Tracks, sleazy downtown taverns where professional gambler 'Bama Dillard (Dino) hold court, surrounded by the local working-girls (MacLaine being the most outrageously trashy and dumb -- but with a heart of gold and an indescribable wardrobe).
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of Minnelli's rad, at times garish, and Sirkian, later period melodramas (also see Minnelli's Home from the Hill (1960); and The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) -- remember the scene where Ronny Howard is screaming because his fish died and Glenn Ford doesn't understand what's going on).
Anyway, Sinatra's good, and MacLaine is very good, but Dean Martin is beautiful. Very understated, he also had a great skill for using props on film (watch him dealing cards and holding his hat). Arthur Kennedy got an Oscar nom for his portrayal of Frank's rather weasel-ish brother.
Elmer Bernstein's score is jarring and perfect. Dope cinematography by William H. Daniels in shocking Metrocolor. Produced by Sol C. Siegel for MGM. This is Sinatra's second appearance in a filmed version of a James Jones novel, the previous being From Here to Eternity.
With Martha Hyer, Nancy Gates, Larry Gates, Leora Dana, Connie Gilchrist, Len Lesser, Denny Miller, William Schallert.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Acting August 12, 2003
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SOME CAME RUNNING is a fairly entertaining movie about a returning soldier and his attempt to adjust to life in his hometown after World War II. Sinatra is an inactive writer who falls in love with a local professor of creative writing (Martha Hyer). He meets her through the introduction of his phony older brother (Arthur Kennedy). Sinatra's friend ( Dean Martin) is a gambler and a tragic figure who manages to keep up a cheerful front. Shirley MacLain is a floozie who loves Sinatra without any reservations.
The acting in this film was superb. It received Oscar nominations in 1958 for Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Actor (Arthur Kennedy) and Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer). Vincente Minnelli received an Academy Award in that same year for his direction of GIGI.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ensemble Tour de Force June 23, 2001
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This is one of the most heart-rending films I have ever seen. There are many levels in this story of the returning soldier, Dave Hirsh: his conflict with his brother, with his community, with his beloved and with himself. But for me, the most poignant is the story of Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) and Ginny Moorhead (Shirley Maclaine). Dave is searching for redemption; he is emotionally needy and spiritually enervated. He thinks he can find love in someone who can fill his creative needs and the void in his heart created by the war.
Here is the tragedy: Dave does not realize that real love can only come from a sense of self worth, from finding someone whom he not only needs but, just as important, who needs him. Ginny is an angel, an angel in the form of a wrong-side-of-the-tracks bimbo; but of all those in Dave's world, Ginny is the purest of heart and the purest in love, and her love is for Dave. When Dave finally realizes that his bliss lies with Ginny, it is too late, for both him and Ginny. And this ending comes in a moment that left me shattered, my mouth agape.
While the ending was not expected, neither was it contrived, and with hindsight, one could see its coming.
"Some Came Running" captures a time and culture only now beginning to fade from the collective memory, as its cohort ages and dies off, America immediately following World War II. And as a period piece, "Some Came Running" is quite successful. But I believe the story depicted here is a universal one, and I think the characters of Dave and Ginny and their sidekick Bama, played wonderfully by Dean Martin, are to be found anywhere. In fact, "Some Came Running," along with "From Here to Eternity," is the closest American cinema has come to being Shakespearian, without consciously trying to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
My husband was from the area where the movie was filmed and he loved the movie and getting to see familiar things in it. Great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Gerry Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Shirley MacLaine
This is probably Shirley MacLaine's finest acting ever. The film has both a great cast and a wonderful story line. It is a must for any fan of the Rat Pack.
Published 6 months ago by Joe Rizzotto
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story and Good Writing/Dialogue Is Timeless!
Except for a few obvious directorial and screenplay indiscretions, it is amazing how great a story and creative achievement this movie is. It deserves a remake. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find - Get It Before It's Gone!
I saw this movie years ago. I didn't know the title, but knew Frank Sinatra. Loved it then, love it now; great classic!
Published 8 months ago by Adell D. White
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Came Running
Sorry Guys I ordered the above title, but received the movie "the Love Trap" instead of "Running".
Looks like someone slipped up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BruceMac
5.0 out of 5 stars WANT TO PARTY DIRTY....
Published 11 months ago by WILLIAM FROEHLICH
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie with classic stars
This DVD came securely packed and arrived in perfect condition.
The quality of the movie is perfect although I have not yet seen the entire movie.
Published 12 months ago by Barb M. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Came Running
Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra have always been my favorite stars. Both wonderful singers. This movie introduced Shirley McClain, and it was filmed in Indiana, where I'm from. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bev
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic in anyone's language !
The movie is as good as the novel. The standout though is really Shirley Maclaine's portrayal of the hapless floozy for which she was Oscar nominated. Barbra-Lee
Published 16 months ago by Barbra-Lee Ricketts
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Came Running
Movie was excellent. I think I'll purchase it. The ensemble worked so well together. And, Shirley Mclaine was at her finest..
Published 16 months ago by cweil0920
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