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Tony Rome (1967)

Frank Sinatra , Jill St. John , Gordon Douglas  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands, Simon Oakland
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Richard L. Breen
  • Producers: Aaron Rosenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007PALZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The beautiful daughter of a wealthy industrialist turns up drunk and unconscious in a hotel room. To avoid a scandal the hotel house detective hires his former partner, private detective Tony Rome, to sober her up and escort her home. The next day, the girl's diamond pin is mysteriously missing. Arriving back at his houseboat, Tony is greeted by a pair of thugs who knock him out and tear his boat apart, desperate to find the pin. Tony's problems are just beginning, When he gets to his office he's in for a grisly surprise. His ex-partner is waiting for him with a bullet through his head.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing 60's mystery thriller May 29, 2005
Format:DVD
The first in two films featuring Sinatra as the title detective, "Tony Rome" is about as hardboiled as the 60's would allow with witty dialog and strong performances from a veteran cast. Sinatra's delightfully cynical performance as Rome and a couple of twisted performances by Gena Rowlands and Simon Oakland keep this film interesting. Rome is called in by his ex-partner to return the daughter of a wealthy businessman (Simon Oakland) found passed out in a seedy hotel room. When Rome's ex-partner is found dead and the girl's diamond pin is found missing, Rome finds himself hip deep in the middle of a new unwelcome mystery to solve. Rome meets and romances the wealthy and cynical Anne Archer (Jill St. John) and he must figure out if she figures in the mystery as well.

I detected no digital flaws. A very sharp, nice transfer "Tony Rome" looks really good on DVD with some minor analog flaws that crop up from time to time in the form of film splotches found, no doubt, on the original negative. The mono sound comes across with nice presence and the dialog is crisp and clear throughout.

We get trailers for a variety of Fox films from the 1960's. My favorite is for one horror of the 60's "Fathom" and a interesting formula western "Bandolero!" both featuring Raquel Welch. The latter film is memorable for Jimmy Stewart and Dean Martin who appear as brothers(!) in the film. There's also Raquel Welch in the "Fantastic Voyage" and other interesting trailers.

A solid, fun mystery with a memorable cynical performance by Sinatra, "Tony Rome" still packs a punch. It's a great 60's detective flick and overcomes its dated trappings with a smart, witty script.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miami Vice... January 18, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Frank Sinatra is Tony Rome, an ex-cop turned private eye, who makes his home aboard a boat, in sunny Miami. Cynical, semi-tough, and a wise cracking gambler, a call from his ex-partner, draws him into a case revolving around the troubled family affairs of influential businessman Rudy Kosterman (Simon Oakland). His daughter Diana, (Sue Lyon) has a habit of passing out in strange places. Rome's search for Diana's missing diamond pin, leads to a twisting tale of intrigue, deception and death.
We get a glimpse at the dark side of Miami, as we follow Rome on the case. Sinatra pulls it off pretty well, without being too cute. The plot is not predictable, and requires that you pay attention. Violent at times, but not gratuitously so.
Gena Rowlands appears as Klosterman's wife. Jill St. John looks good, but her performance never rings true. Ex-boxer Rocky Graziano makes a cameo, and Deanna Lund, from TV's Land of the Giants, also briefly appears. Billy May's musical score sounds like it was lifted from the 60's TV series, Batman. And Frank's daughter Nancy, sings Lee Hazelwood's corny title song to the movie.
A good piece from the period, that doesn't stray too far from reality or sink into excess. Worth seeing for the story. Sinatra would reprise his role as Tony Rome for a sequel, "Lady In Cement".
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Rome'll Getcha Ya May 14, 2002
By Mycroft
Format:VHS Tape
Not as bright and crisp as Lady In Cement but a delight all the same. Frank Sinatra plays Tony Rome with a touch of down at the heels class. Jill St John takes lines that would be cheesy in the hands of a less capable actress and makes them ring with humor and mirth. It's a toss up who gets the best line: Sinatra's "Oh I'll have some of that." or St John's "Slut?" It won't educate you or lift your moral fiber but it's a great popcorn movie. (Home viewers may find that some other sort of diversion comes to mind after the fifth or sixth "Malcom . . .")
Thirty years and counting and this one hasn't lost any of its appeal.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Republic B with a dashing good script June 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
TONY ROME, if you had noticed, is not a Republic Pictures B detective movie. It's up a grade or two with a dashing good script and . . . WHAT a cast! Sinatra joins a well known crowd of movie detectives; the Marlowes, etal. as he sleuths for assorted clients. Well, maybe not in Charlie Chan's class, a gumshoe who never laid a bookie bet as Tony Rome often does. The suspect end of the plot is loaded with decoys, but at the end everyting is sorted out, the crime is resolved and the criminals are either dead or . . . well, best to see TONY ROME to find out. You just can't help enjoying Sinatra's laid back style. Yeh! I think younger folks could handle this film. The language is unsmutty. The sex is rather subtle and nothing naughty goes on in the back seat of Sinatra's Ford-bulls-eye-tail-lites convertible The violence is certainly minimal by today's standards. For example, my wife at the finish asked, "Has he killed only three people?" Actually, I counted about five. TONY ROME is an excellent B+++++ movie that doesn't lag a moment . . . even in the mushy scenes and there ain't that much smoochin' anyway.
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The original poster for this film - Sinatra in a doorway, ogling a lingerie-clad young lovely on a bed - is a bit misleading. TONY ROME (1967) isn't nearly as sexy or seedy as the image and tagline ("The action is so fast it's a wonder Tony Rome stays alive and single") might suggest. But this Frank Sinatra vehicle, the first of a series that stalled after the second outing (1968's LADY IN CEMENT), is a pretty solid late 60s post-noir private eye flick, set in Florida and starring Frankie as the title character, a somewhat down-and-out (aren't they always?) ex-cop, now PI, who lives on a boat he won in a card game. Though it's a down-to-earth PI film it's easy to imagine that it might have been Sinatra's attempt to compete with his pal Dino's spy spoof Matt Helm series which had gotten underway the previous year. Like that series, the focus is on snappy dialogue, a world-weary main character, drinking, and dames. Tony Rome, though, has a modicum of seriousness and is on the whole a better piece of work than any of the Matt Helm flicks, as fun as they can be, or much of the rest of its heavy spy/PI competition from the period.

As the film begins Rome is summoned to a cheap motel room to take care of a problem: there's dead-drunk young lady Diana Pines (Sue Lyon) on a bed and the owner of the motel doesn't want to take the responsibility of dealing with the girl's rich and powerful father Rudy Kosterman (Simon Oakland), so he hires Rome for a pittance to drive the girl back home and give no answers as to where she's been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sun drenched noir.
I love this movie!!! If you're a fan of a good mystery you'll like it too. It's got a great mix of sarcastic, funny one liners and pulp(ish) sun drenched noir. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul J
4.0 out of 5 stars Very slowely moving 1960's crime-mistery
The first of the trilogy (Tony Rome, The Detective, and Lady in the Cement) all starting the legendary Frank Sinatra. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story and hot women
Good detective story; some nice looking women, especially Jill St. John, nice. And Sinatra, cool and cynical. Guess it's the wrong picture to display any of his great singing.
Published 3 months ago by Stuart N. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Rome
Always liked Frank Sinatra. Too bad he didn't make more movies.
One of my favorites of his was The Manchurian Candidate.
Published 5 months ago by Ruth Leisure
3.0 out of 5 stars Tony Rome Rocks!
For Sinatra alone. Sinatra. Can you spell Sinatra? He's the star, he's the movie. Beyond that, half or more of it should have ended up on editor's floor.
Published 6 months ago by Mike Michaelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled
Sinatra plays Tomy Rome who does his darndest to be like Mike Hammer. Insensitive and strictly business, except with the ladies and then another Tony Rome emerges. With Jill St. Read more
Published 6 months ago by david erickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I watched it
Good movie but not great. Fun to see the older cars and clothes. Frank Sinatra as a heavy is interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Bondgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chairman
The man Frank Sinatra not only could sing but was a heck of an actor. The Tony Rome series are a good quality movie to while away a boring afternoon. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Serpico
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS
Excellent entertaining movie!!!!

Frank at his best, nice storyline and very campy!!!!

You won't be disappointed, much better than Lady in Cement!
Published 10 months ago by SJV
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sixties movie
This is another Frank Sinatra movie that I have enjoyed since its release back in the sixties. Its a lot of fluff but good entertainment
Published 11 months ago by james podgorny
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