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Sinatra (1988)

A depressed man works as an imitator of Frank Sinatra in a small local night club in Barcelona.

Director:

Francesc Betriu

Writers:

Francesc Betriu, Raúl Núñez (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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The life story of legendary singer and actor, Frank Sinatra.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Landa ... Sinatra
Ana Obregón ... Isabel
Maribel Verdú ... Natalia
Mercedes Sampietro ... Mujer Sinatra
Manuel Alexandre ... Manolo
Julia Martínez ... Señora Hortensia (as Julita Martínez)
Luis Ciges ... Lagarto
Queta Claver Queta Claver ... Clementina
Carlos Lucena Carlos Lucena ... Camacho
Víctor Pi Víctor Pi ... Juan Cuevas Heredia
Antonio Suárez Antonio Suárez ... Rosita
Pilar Rebollar Pilar Rebollar ... Begoña
Berti Tovías Berti Tovías ... Hermano Blanco Sol
Juan Torres Juan Torres ... Pepe
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Encargado Bingo
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A depressed man works as an imitator of Frank Sinatra in a small local night club in Barcelona.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 May 1988 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinatra, un extraño en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Pal Joey (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Bolero triste
Lyrics by Joaquín Sabina
Music by Joaquín Sabina and Pancho Varona
Performed by Natalia
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Excellent vision of a good man's lonely life...
22 September 2001 | by MRBICKLESee all my reviews

Oh, this movie is a truly jewel! It stars Alfredo Landa (one of the greatest and most sadly underrated spanish actors) as a lonely, depressing and poor man who lives in Barcelona (specifically in a cheap motel) and whose job is to imitate Frank Sinatra in an also cheap cabaret (where Groucho Marx or Marilyn Monroe are also imitated). The movie follows this special character (who everybody calls Sinatra) on his meetings with weird people (the sex obsessed owner of the motel (Luis Ciges) or a troubled and "pregnant" teenager (Maribel Verdú) between others), his life in the motel and his misery.

This is not Ken Loach or that kind of realism, though. Is a very special movie, sometimes odd and strange (the religious psychopath for example) but wonderfully written, directed and acted and with a high level of nostalgy, loneliness and sadness. Just a brief and powerful scene summarizes the feeling that the movie leaves on you: Sinatra is walking on the Ramblas (a popular street from Barcelona) when some cops approach him thinking he's a junkie or something and begin to frisk him breaking his jacket. The image of poor Sinatra with his coat broken is one of the most powerful scenes I've ever seen on spanish cinema.

Movies like SINATRA leaves you with a strange and sad feeling...


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