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A look at the famous "Rat Pack" of the '60s, and how their glamorous alliances and carefree sophistication created a mythical lifestyle.

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In the 1950's and 1960's Frank Sinatra was the head of the infamous "Rat Pack". He, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop worked and played together. This film dramatizes their volatile relationships with each other and the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, mobster Sam Giancano, Judith Cambell and the FBI. Sinatra helps John Kennedy get elected in 1960 with a little help from Giancano. Lawford, married to a Kennedy, is an unhappy go-between. Davis is fighting racism and insecurity. Cambell is sleeping with both Giancano and JFK who is also sleeping with Monroe. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Chazz Palminteri was considered for the role of Dean Martin. See more »

Goofs

The Sands hotel tower is seen, yet this was not built until 1966-67, and this film is set in 1960. The Sands Hotel sign which is shown a few times in the film is a mock-up with the new modern Sands logotype that was used before its closure, not the famous script design which actually stood on the Sands property during the 1960s. See more »

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Frank Sinatra: If power doesn't mean that you have the opportunity to work with the people that you love , then you haven't really got any.
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Too Close for Comfort
Written by Lawrence Holofcener, Jerry Bock and George David Weiss
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Good Film, Bad Casting
23 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story is good and certainly made me think about maybe why and by whom John and Bobby Kennedy as well as Marilyn Monroe were killed! But that's a side point. Not a bad film but the casting director needs to be shot! Don Cheadle, as Sammy Davis is probably the most convincing and I am sure it was no easy task to capture the highly talented Mr Davis Jr, especially the dancing. The racism and the obvious pain of Sammy really came through. Angus MacFadyen's Lawford is not too bad and is second to Don Cheadle's performance. From there the casting goes really off....

Joe Mantegna captures something of Dean Martin's character but is not as handsome or charming enough. William L. Petersen, looks and sounds nothing like JFK and portrays him as a shallow, weak character.

Then we come to the worst casting in the whole film. Ray Liotta looks not even close to Sinatra, he is much too tall, and even worse he fails to carry himself like him and his speaking voice is just awful, he sounds like a squeaky teenager most of the time. this would not be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that he is the main character in this film and at times you even forget that he is supposed to be Sinatra.

So with a better cast this could have been a superb film but it is not.


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