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Assault on a Queen (1966)

Unrated | | Adventure, Crime, Thriller | 15 June 1966 (USA)
A motley crew of treasure hunters plan to rob the cruise-liner RMS Queen Mary, using a recovered WW2 German submarine.

Director:

Jack Donohue

Writers:

Jack Finney (novel), Rod Serling (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Mark Brittain
Virna Lisi ... Rosa Lucchesi
Anthony Franciosa ... Vic Rossiter
Richard Conte ... Tony Moreno
Alf Kjellin ... Eric Lauffnauer
Errol John ... Linc Langley
Murray Matheson ... Captain
Reginald Denny ... Master-at-Arms
John Warburton ... Bank Manager
Lester Matthews ... Doctor
Val Avery ... Trench
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Officer #1
Ronald Long ... Officer #2
Leslie Bradley ... Officer #3
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Officer #4
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Storyline

A group of adventurers refloat a WWII German submarine and prepare to use it to pull a very large heist; The Queen Mary which they plan to rob on the high seas. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They stick up the Queen Mary in mid Atlantic See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The U.S. Coast Guard ship in the film is the USCGC Androscoggin (WHEC-68). She was commissioned in 1946 and saw service in the Atlantic, home-ported at Miami Beach, Florida from 1950 to 1973. She also did a tour off Vietnam from 1967-8. Decommissioned in 1973, she was sold for scrap in 1974. See more »

Goofs

The German Type II submarine is missing the 20 mm anti-aircraft gun mounted on the conning tower. Also, the type II never operated in the Caribbean. See more »

Quotes

[Vic Rossiter mis-pronounces the word "lieutenant" while posing as an officer in the Royal Navy]
Captain: [puzzled, and then smiles] You're *Canadian*, aren't you?
Vic Rossiter: [pleased] Why, *yes*! I'm surprised you could still tell- I've been with the Royal Navy for almost 4 years, now.
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Interesting Heist Movie
24 August 2017 | by bill-2315See all my reviews

Frank Sinatra starred in two memorable heist movies in the 1960s. The first was Ocean's Eleven (1960), which brought the Rat Pack together for a film that Sinatra is said to have remarked "Forget the movie. Let's do the heist!"

The second was sci-fi writer Jack Finney's Assault on a Queen (1966). Despite its mediocre rating here on IMDb, it's actually a fascinating film marred only by rather cheap special effects (Sinatra's diving scenes look like they were shot in a backyard pool) and the sometimes ridiculous Rod Serling script. "She's so deep in my gut we breathe together" is the worst line, and one that Sinatra must have needed more than a few drinks to articulate.

Meanwhile, Virna Lisi appears as little more than eye candy in the film, and Anthony Franciosa's character is rather repugnant and oily. However, there are some good scenes with Sinatra and fellow Rat Pack member Richard Conte, and the movie would have benefited greatly if their two characters had been given more time together.

It's definitely worth watching, and Sinatra's acting is great as usual despite the weak script.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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