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)

Company Credits

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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 What's Up, Doc? (1972) See more »


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Goofier than fiction
8 April 2003 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Forty years ago when Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped, those who read the story weren't sure how seriously to take it. Intentionally or unintentionally, this movie captures the uneasiness. Sinatra Jr. is portrayed as a hapless dweeb, his kidnappers as quixotic eccentrics. An excellent soundtrack featuring period music serves to distance us from the whole 1960s setting. But other touches, particularly James Russo's brief appearances as Sinatra Sr., give a powerful believability to the family's victimization.

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