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The Night We Called It a Day (2003)

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Based on the true events surrounding Frank Sinatra's tour of Australia. When Sinatra calls a local reporter a "two-bit hooker", every union in the country black-bans the star until he issues an apology.


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Based on the true events surrounding Frank Sinatra's tour of Australia. When Sinatra calls a local reporter a "two-bit hooker", every union in the country black-bans the star until he issues an apology.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


There are some nights you never forget. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

14 August 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

All the Way  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$113,686 (Australia) (15 August 2003)


$246,964 (Australia) (22 August 2003)

Company Credits

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(Filmfest Hamburg)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The voice of Frank Sinatra is dubbed by Australian actor Tom Burlinson, who's major debut was "The Man From Snowy River", 1982. See more »


There are a number of anachronisms in the Sydney backdrops, ostensibly set in the 1970s. The most obvious is the catamaran harbour ferry that crosses the screen, in an early night-time shot of the harbour bridge. These were not introduced until 15 years later in 1988. See more »


Bob Hawke: [to Sinatra] You are what we call a 'tall poppy'. We have a way of dealing with tall poppies in this country: we cut their heads off!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


That's Life
Written by Kelly Gordon and Dean Kay
Performed by Tom Burlinson
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Who knows where the road will lead us?
2 August 2004 | by (Jigoku West, a.k.a. Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

That song line from "all the way" is emblematic of The Night We Called It A Day, which starts out as a gritty piece of history, but ultimately becomes a testament to the joys of total romantic commitment.

For much of The Night We Called It A Day, I thought I had the movie completely pegged: Frank Sinatra, representing US Cultural Imperialism, running roughshod over the Australian locals. I'm not thin-skinned, and not uncritical of the US myself, so I thought, okay...that along with the voyeur's pleasure of seeing the crude reality of Sinatra's private life portrayed on screen is sufficient for 90 minutes entertainment.

But what starts out seeming like a poison pen letter turns out to be more of a Valentine, and the switch from one to the other makes the conclusion especially satisfying and exhilarating. The filmmakers play fast and loose with the facts toward the end, but the result is worth the artistic license.

I doubt anyone could play Sinatra and come out on top; in his own films Sinatra had a singular presence that could never be duplicated by any mere actor. Hopper isn't mimicking, however, he is acting, and he does a good job of conveying the essence of his character. I imagine the most difficult part of the role was bringing the audience along in those scenes where Sinatra, without dropping his tough guy act, reveals a tiny glimpse of the sweeter inner man. I bought it.

Maybe I was just in a receptive mood, but I immensely enjoyed it.

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