Search - Suddenly - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced! on DVD


Suddenly - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!
Suddenly - In COLOR Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced
Actors: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates
Director: Lewis Allen
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2009     1hr 16min

Oscar winner Frank Sinatra is riveting as a cold-hearted assassin in this taut thriller. When the President of the United States makes a train stop in a sleepy California town, the town sheriff (played brilliantly by Sterl...  more »

     

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates
Director: Lewis Allen
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Legend Films
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/16/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 16min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
See Also:

Similar Movies

The Detective
Director: Gordon Douglas
9
   UR   2005   1hr 54min
He Walked By Night
Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann
3
   NR   2003   1hr 19min
Tony Rome
5
   UR   2005   1hr 50min
The Stranger
Director: Orson Welles
   UR   2004   1hr 35min
   
Lady in Cement
Director: Gordon Douglas
3
   R   2005   1hr 33min
The Blob
Criterion Collection
Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
5
   2013   1hr 22min
The Man with the Golden Arm
Director: Otto Preminger
   NR   2008   1hr 59min
The Manchurian Candidate
Special Edition
Director: John Frankenheimer
   PG-13   2004   2hr 6min
The First Deadly Sin
   R   2008   1hr 52min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Rio Bravo
Director: Howard Hawks
   UR   2001   2hr 21min
   
Gone with the Wind
Directors: George Cukor, Sam Wood, Victor Fleming
   G   2000   3hr 53min
   
Hang 'Em High
Director: Ted Post
   PG-13   1997   1hr 54min
   
Joy Ride
Director: John Dahl
   R   2002   1hr 37min
   
Chelsea Walls
Director: Ethan Hawke
8
   R   2002   1hr 49min
   
Dragon Ball GT - A Hero's Legacy
Uncut
   UR   2004   0hr 49min
   
Criminal
Director: Gregory Jacobs
   R   2005   1hr 27min
   
Bereft
Director: Timothy Daly
9
   R   2005   1hr 38min
   
 

Movie Reviews

Oswald Goes to Mayberry
01/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this movie at the Chicago Art Institute about 10 years ago double-billed with "The Manchurian Candidate." The latter movie is one of the great films of all time, and by far Sinatra's best. "Suddenly" is something quite different. Sinatra's performance here is outstanding. He is thoroughly believable and engrossing as the Oswald-like John Barron. Given this performance, it is rather surprising to me that most of the other actors' acting is so terrible and flat. The non-Sinatra scene dialogue seems like it was written by a b-level 50's t.v. writing team - on the level of "The Adventures of Superman" or "The Lone Ranger." But the scenes with Sinatra are very well written and carried out, particularly the interchanges between Sterling Hayden and Sinatra (which really make up the core of the film, the rest is just filler). In fact, these scenes are so good, I forgive the rest of the film while remaining amazed how bad the rest is.I do want to reiterate one warning made by some of the other reviewer's of this particular DVD version (Madacy Entertainment). The price is hard to fight with, but the film copy they transferred to the DVD was very poor quality. The sound is often very poor (the non-Sinatra scene dialogue sounds very much like it was dubbed in latter), and there are awkward jumps in the film itself, i.e., where it looks like the film either broke and was spliced together rather half-hazzardly, or the sprockets skipped or something. Unfortunately, one of these skips comes during one of the best scenes where Sinatra is talking about how "he hates crowds, and used to dream about that crowd". It seems no one at the company making this DVD bothered to watch it while the transfer to DVD was occurring. Perhaps one of the other DVD versions has a better print, but in lieu of knowing that, my advice would be to videotape the movie next time it is on AMC or TMC - they seem to have better prints of it."
"I'm not a traitor, I won a silver star"
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 10/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Frank Sinatra is riveting as a cold-hearted hit man obsessed with his spurious war record, who traps a family in their house, along with a few others that get caught in his net, as he plots to assassinate the president, who is making a stop in Suddenly, California, on his way to Los Angeles. It's a great character study, and Sinatra pulls it off flawlessly, making this a taut thriller, with a quiet, folksy beginning that turns into a nightmare.
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.
"
Sinatra is the bad guy, Hayden is the hero
03/31/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of two Frank Sinatra movies that dealt with assasination. The other was "Manchurian Candidate." In this one Frank is the bad guy. Sterling Hayden shows no signs of the future characters he will play in major films of the 60s and 70s (Dr. Strangelove, Godfather). Hayden is just the hick town by-the-book sheriff with the Barney Fifeish assistant. This is not a great movie but it moves along nicely and never gets boring. It has some good "what if" situations. It also has wonderful footage of old cars and trains. This would make a good double feature with "Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" because one film pushes the pro gun totin' policy, and one is opposed to the use of weapons. It may surprise you which is which. This is not the best movie of the 1950s but the issues raised are still out there. Tom Willett"
Excellent Sinatra performance
Carlotta | Alexandria, VA | 07/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've only seen the b/w version and it's an excellent film. Sinatra is chilling as a heartless assassin -- it's hard to remember he's really a beloved crooner. He's a very good actor and it's surprising that this film isn't better known. Moreover, the movie raises issues that are still relevant: mysterious forces behind presidential assassinations, what can ordinary citizens do in the face of evil? what should mothers do when their kids want to play with guns? It's also a reminder of a day when most American men had served in the military or were familiar with guns. It's a snapshot of a small town America that existed 50 years ago but is now vanishing."