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The Rat Pack (1998)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Frank Sinatra
Joe Mantegna ... Dean Martin
Don Cheadle ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
Angus Macfadyen ... Peter Lawford
William Petersen ... John F. Kennedy
Zeljko Ivanek ... Bobby Kennedy
Bobby Slayton ... Joey Bishop
Megan Dodds ... May Britt
Deborah Kara Unger ... Ava Gardner
Veronica Cartwright ... Rocky Cooper
Dan O'Herlihy ... Joe Kennedy
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Momo Giancana
Barbara Niven ... Marilyn Monroe
Michelle Grace Michelle Grace ... Judy Campbell
Tyrees Allen ... George Jacobs
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In the 1950s and 1960s Frank Sinatra was the head of the infamous "Rat Pack". He, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop worked and played together. This film dramatizes their volatile relationships with each other and the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, mobster Sam Giancana, Judith Campbell Exner and the FBI. Sinatra helps John F. Kennedy get elected in 1960 with a little help from Giancana. Lawford, married to a Kennedy, is an unhappy go-between. Davis is fighting racism and insecurity. Campbell is sleeping with both Giancana and JFK who is also sleeping with Monroe. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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They never let the rules get in the way of having fun. See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rat Pack See more »

Company Credits

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HBO Films, Original Film See more »
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Dolby

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

William Peterson portrays John F. Kennedy in "The Rat Pack" and also JFK's father Joseph P. Kennedy in "The Kennedy's of Massachussettes". See more »

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On election night, Frank Sinatra is talking on a phone. The receiver is clearly connected to the phone wire with an RJ-11 jack. That kind of connection is common now but did not exist in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Frank Sinatra: How tall are you, Peter?
Peter Lawford: About six foot one.
Frank Sinatra: Don't cut yourself off at the knees.
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Connections

References Ocean's 11 (1960) See more »

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The Least I Can Do
Written by Rob Cohen and Mark Adler
Performed by Ray Liotta and Don Cheadle
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HBO Does Another Good Job
1 June 2003 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

The HBO movie, "The Rat Pack" chronicles the high-living times of the famous Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford) during the years 1958-1962. Supposedly based on fact, the story centers on the collision of personalities between the Rat Pack's leader, Frank Sinatra, and the Kennedy clan. In the story, Frank Sinatra so admires Senator Jack Kennedy that he'll do anything to help him be elected President. When it involves the dirty and unethical dealings of Joe Sr., Frank's reluctant, but game. Frank manipulates friends, brings in the Mafiosi, dumps on the downtrodden. So when Kennedy is elected what's Frank get? The shaft.

How much of the story is true? Who knows? But it does make for good entertainment, bringing along Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio and other period luminaries. The story is moved along by some excellent acting especially Don Cheadle as the tortured Sammy Davis Jr, Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra and Joe Montegna as Dean Martin. It may twist the truth, but it's decent entertainment.


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