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If you are reading this review on it's correct page you're probably a fan of the film wondering "Will this be the release where they FINALLY get it right? The answer is a resounding YES! YES! YES! Transferred from the original 35MM fine grain master print, the crisp, clear beautiful black and white transfer is also finally reproduced in the correct aspect ratio and exhibits added picture information on all four sides compared to the literally dozens of earlier Public Domain VHS tape, LaserDisc and DVD releases. It also has two New Audio Commentary tracks, one featuring Frank Sinatra, Jr. (!) and the other by Dr. Drew Casper, Professor of American Film at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. There is also a Short Film by Francis Thompson made in 1957 titled N.Y., N.Y.: A DAY IN NEW YORK, and an Image Gallery.
SUDDENLY stars Frank Sinatra as psychopathic hired presidential assassin John Baron, who with two compatriots take over the hilltop home of retired Secret Service agent Pop Benson (veteran character actor James Gleason) in the small town of Suddenly ("that's a funny name for a town..."), who lives with his widowed daughter-in-law Ellen (Nancy Gates, THIS LAND IS MINE, SOME CAME RUNNING) and grandson "Pidge" (Kim Charney).Read more ›
Sinatra followed his Oscar Award winning performance in "From Here to Eternity" with this film, which unfortunately hasn't been seen much, and one of the reasons is Sinatra himself; he was horrified to know that Lee Harvey Oswald had watched "Suddenly" shortly before the Kennedy assassination, and requested the film be pulled from distribution.
Co-starring Sterling Hayden who is excellent as Sheriff Tod Shaw, it has well paced direction by Lewis Allen, a crisp script by Richard Sale, and a score by David Raskin. There have been other films with this type of hostage scenario like the '55 Humphrey Bogart "Desperate Hours" and its 1990 remake, and this is up there with the best.
My DVD copy is of the inexpensive variety, a little blurry with imperfect audio (distributed by VINA) but is still fascinating viewing.
Filmed almost entirely in one room, it holds one's attention, mostly due to Sinatra's superb performance.
Total running time is 75 minutes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A decent thriller about an attempt to assassinate the POTUS in a town called Suddenly. Sinatra as the psychotic villain gave a believable performance as did al the other members of... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Yiannis P
This movie is a great crime thriller! Suspense and plot twists and turns all the way through! Sinatra is great in his part as Benson, the psychopathic killer who guns down anyone... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Norman Evans
I purchased Image Blu-Ray product (with UPC 0 14381 82005 8, Amazon ASIN: B00960EHUE) and I regret to report that it is not in the original aspect ratio of 1. Read morePublished 1 month ago by davidissimo
It was done so poorly that I couldn't get through it. Just terrible.Published 2 months ago by L. Pearson
This was a good old style movie. Saw it first time many, many years ago.Published 3 months ago by Edward D. Hederman
I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting. I mean it. On the screen, Sinatra can be an absolute giant, like he was in "The Manchurian Candidate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A Time Traveler
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