In need of a grubstake, a young man convinces a couple of friends to help him kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. It's a true story.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Keenan
John Irwin
Joe Amsler
Agent Stamek (as Sam Mcmurray)
Michael Coristine ...
Gillian Barber ...
Mary Keenan
Agent Flett
Betty Amsler
James Mahoney (as Kevin Mcnulty)
Ron Chartier ...
James Irwin
Sue Irwin
John Foss


In need of a grubstake, a young man convinces a couple of friends to help him kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. It's a true story.

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What's a little kidnapping among friends?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ho rapito Sinatra  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(Showtime Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(as Dolby Surround)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barry Keenan received no money from this movie. See more »

Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed and no criminals profited from the making of this film. See more »


References Nickelodeon (1976) See more »


Hats Off To Larry
Written by Del Shannon
Performed by Del Shannon
Courtesy of Mole Hole Records
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Fly Me to the Moron
2 January 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Sinatra: "What do you want? A million dollars?"

Kidnapper: "That's not going to do it. We want $240 thousand."


"Stealing Sinatra" is a quiet little comedy about a bunch of dimwits trying to pull off a heist that's way out of their league. As straightforward entertainment, it's interesting & funny enough to keep you amused from start to finish. But for my money, I enjoyed it on a deeper level that tells the story of America's impending loss of innocence in the mid 60s following the single greatest wake up slap of the 20th century: the public assassination of President JFK. (And soon after, the public assassination of his accused assassin.)

But that would come later. This movie is a clever snapshot of American life on the verge of a serious reality check. There are no bullet-blazing gun battles, no violent beatings and splashes of blood across the screen, no dark gritty angst and political subversion. The main criminal mastermind doesn't even curse (aside from hissing "oh... sugar!" when things go afoul). By today's standards, this would be the most boring caper ever. But that's precisely what makes it so interesting.

David Arquette is perfect as "Barry", the criminal mastermind who looks like he'd be more natural selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. William H. Macy is also perfectly cast as "Mr. Irwin" the confused, fatherly voice of reason, alternately dishing out Confucian wisdom and coaching Barry on how to be a better criminal. The supporting characters, Ryan Browning as criminal #3 "Joe", Thomas Ian Nicholas as the young deer-in-the- headlights kidnappee "Sinatra Jr." and of course a very convincing James Russo as Old Blue Eyes himself, make this a real treat to watch.

Like I said, don't expect a crime caper thrill ride of any sort. While there are some good suspenseful moments, the real attraction of this film is in its subtle, humorous portrayal of American innocence, even in the midst of a felony. A unique cross between "Suicide Kings" and "The Brady Bunch", this is a very human story that could practically serve as a cultural document... if anyone cared. As the opening titles go: "In 1963, an event happened that rocked the nation. This is not that event. But it really did happen."

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