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  • NTSC Formatted (U.S.)
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 19, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1954
  • Label: Alpha Video

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Gates & James Gleason
Performer: Kim Charney, Paul Frees, Christopher Dark, Willis Bouchey & Charles Smith
Directed by Lewis Allen
Edited by John F. Schreyer
Screenwriting by Richard Sale
Composition by David Raksin
Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke
Produced by Robert Bassler

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Frank Sinatra's performance as a cold-blooded assassin planning to kill the President of the United States is absolutely spellbinding in this classic thriller. While traveling to a vacation destination, the President's train is scheduled to pass through the normally serene small town of Suddenly. Sinatra and his gang of thugs take over a house that overlooks the Presidential train stop. They hold the terrified household members hostage as they await the ambush of the President. The suspense builds as this thriller rockets to its rapid-fire conclusion.

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Directly in the wake of his Oscar-winning comeback in From Here to Eternity, Frank Sinatra took on the role of a psychopathic hit man in this taut, low-budget film noir. The choice shows how interested Sinatra was in serious acting during the mid- to late '50s; there's nothing remotely likable about this angular, neurotic assassin. He's in the small town of Suddenly to kill the president, who is passing through on a quick train stop. Sinatra makes hostages of a local family and sheriff Sterling Hayden, and the film is basically a countdown to the president's arrival, with Sinatra's patter getting loonier as the day goes on. Aside from the interest of Sinatra's performance (very focused and downright perverse at times), and the film's place in the American noir tradition, Suddenly is uncannily prophetic on the subject of assassination. It's clear that the killer is doing it for the fame as well as the money, a theme that would crop up in later confessions of real-life killers or would-be killers. Perhaps the 1954 film was too prophetic; like Sinatra's Manchurian Candidate, this movie was pulled from circulation for years after the JFK assassination. According to Kitty Kelley's bio of Sinatra, Lee Harvey Oswald saw this film a few days before he took rifle in hand. Now in the public domain, Suddenly is generally available in cheap, scratchy prints. --Robert Horton

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  • UPC: 089218330222
  • Shipping Weight: 0.40/lbs (approx)
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