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Robin and the Seven Hoods (Sinatra Tribute) (DVD)
Frank Sinatra ... Dean Martin ... Sammy Davis, Jr. And the wild idea of doing the Robin Hood legend in Chicago's wildest era--with songs yet! The rat pack re-crafts the Robin Hood legend in this story of rival gangs set in the roaring '20s, where Marian--despite her blue-blood upbringing--has the conniving heart of a moll and Robbo the Hood can't help but do good and be admired in spite of his best efforts to be a gangster.]]>
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the film (and that's okay, too). It's a spoof. It's all tongue in
cheek. And it stars 4 tremendous stars -- Frank, Dean, Bing, and Sammy.
No, it's not Shakespeare. Nor is it supposed to be. It's just supposed
to be fun with some cool songs thrown in for good measure. Nothing
more. Nothing less. And, if you don't like the stars, this wouldn't
have been a movie for you to go see. But for the fans of those four big
time operators, this film is a ball.
Attention to detail sometimes makes a movie, and starting out a film
about Prohibition Era gangsters with a cameo of Edward G.
Robinson...well, that's paying attention to detail. The first musical
number ("All for One and One for All") is a hoot as sung by that man
with the velvet voice -- Peter Falk. Of course he's a lousy singer;
that's the point. I don't even like Peter Falk, but he's perfect for
his role in this film.
Dean Martin's primary solo ("Any Man Who Loves His Mother") is
hokey...and it's supposed to be...I'm not particularly enamored of
it...but it does show off his mellow voice nicely. It's also
interesting to watch Dean's subtle facial expressions in some of the
scenes, and you'll notice that he is often focusing all his attention
on Bing Crosby.
Sammy Davis' primary number ("Bang Bang") shows off his vocal and tap
dancing abilities very well, although Sammy got a bit short-changed in
this film...and you'll note that he's the only main character without a
But the best role of all -- though he doesn't appear until just about
halfway through the film -- belongs to Bing Crosby...a "do-gooder" with
some intentions that may be less than honorable. Crosby has 2 notable
numbers, one with some kids and the other the lead in "Mister Booze".
One can still see the old pro excelling even late in his life, and it's
Of course, Frank Sinatra's big number here is "My Kind Of Town", one of
his signature songs.
Additional cast members do their jobs. I especially liked Robert Foulk as the original sheriff. But the cameo appearance of all time -- short lived though it was, was Edward G. Robinson -- a classic touch.
You need to watch for little touches in the dialog that are quite clever. For example, the telephone number at one point is Garfield...", in homage to John Garfield. Lots of little thing like that.
If there's one criticism I have is that the boys (Dean, Frank, Bing,
and Sammy) didn't take enough care in lip-syncing the songs, and even
some of the dialog. It's really quite noticeable and distracting.
This is a good film. Not one of the great musicals of the 40s or 50s,
but a rather pleasant romp with the Rat Pack. Have fun watching it.
The Warner Brothers Blu-Ray disc I purchased her on Amazon was an excellent transfer.
The plot is a parody of the Robin Hood that we all know so there is not much I can say that they do it well.
Every thing in this movie kept reminding me of all the movies I had seen each and every one of them in. It was great.
A powerful example of this would be in watching the original "OCEANS 11" I say no more.
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Hot Toasty Rag, September 14, 2017
As famous as this movie is supposed to be, I don’t really recommend watching it.Read more