Purportedly true story of the affair between singer Phyllis McGuire, and Mafia boss Sam Giancana, famous for his alleged connections to John F Kennedy and Frank Sinatra.

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Phyllis McGuire
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Butch Blasi
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Tony Accardo
Louis Del Grande ...
Chuckie English
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Christine McGuire (as Deborah Duchêne)
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Dorothy McGuire (as Larissa Lapchinski)
Christopher Barry ...
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Richard Blackburn ...
Police captain
Amanda Blitz ...
Annette Giancana
Renessa Blitz ...
Francine Giancana
Kelly Bodanis ...
Doris
Valerie Boyce ...
Showgirl
Bob Clout ...
Mr. McGuire
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Vince Inserra
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Purportedly true story of the affair between singer Phyllis McGuire, and Mafia boss Sam Giancana, famous for his alleged connections to John F Kennedy and Frank Sinatra. Written by Duncan Shine <Shine@Telecall.Co.Uk>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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25 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Der Pate und das Showgirl  »

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Originally aired on HBO. See more »

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When Sam and Phyllis drive to Palm Springs, a wide shot as they head across the desert shows that the driver side taillight is out. When the arrive at the motel, both taillights are working. See more »

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You Do Something to Me
Written by Cole Porter
Produced and Arranged by Sidney James
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music
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Reliance on One Song
5 March 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

HBO made-for-TV movies are usually based on actual historical events, the drama centered on a famous personality at a critical time in their careers. "Sugartime" is no exception, dramatizing the romance between mobster Sam Giancana, and singer Phyllis McGuire (one the three McGuire Sisters). Set in the early 1960s within memory-range of most American baby-boomers, and dealing with organized crime and the music industry, this should have been slow-pitch for HBO. But surprisingly they whiffed it, and pretty badly at that.

The movie is as flat as a pancake. Here's a man, as loathsome as his profession may be, he's at the top of it. And he's about to throw it all away (and maybe his life) for love. You might suppose there'd be some drama to this. Nope.

The movie is also sunk by the acting. The actors seem to be sleepwalking. The success of the whole endeavor seems to rest solely on 1960 Cadillacs, tacky gangster clothing, big hair, and countless renditions of the McGuire Sisters singing "Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening...". Give this a pass.


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