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Stealing Sinatra (2003)

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.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writer:

Howard Korder
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Barry Keenan
William H. Macy ... John Irwin
James Russo ... Frank Sinatra
Ryan Browning ... Joe Amsler
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Sam McMurray ... Agent Stamek (as Sam Mcmurray)
Eric Johnson ... Dean Torrence
Michael Coristine Michael Coristine ... Jan Berry
Gillian Barber ... Mary Keenan
Matthew Bennett ... Agent Flett
Deanna Milligan ... Betty Amsler
Kevin McNulty ... James Mahoney (as Kevin Mcnulty)
Ron Chartier ... James Irwin
Desiree Zurowski ... Sue Irwin
Colin Cunningham ... John Foss
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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?


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Both David Arquette (Barry Keenan) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Frank Sinatra Jr.) are best known for their roles in successful film franchises. Arquette is known for his role in the "Scream" series, while Nicholas is known for his role in the "American Pie" series. See more »

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No animals were harmed and no criminals profited from the making of this film. See more »

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References The Main Event (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Bongo Rock
Written by Arthur Egnoian and Preston Epps
Performed by Preston Epps
Courtesy of Original Sound Recording Company, Inc., Hollywood CA
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Recruited From The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
13 October 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

How well I remember the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr. which followed closely on the wake of JFK's assassination. At the time I kept thinking why of all celebrities would someone choose Frank Sinatra's family to victimize with all of that man's legal and extralegal resources?

Yet three rejects from the gang that couldn't shoot straight actually did that incredible deed which fortunately for them, no harm, no foul and they all got incredibly early paroles. But the story of their trials and jail sentences is not told in this film.

One factual error that was made was that the strategy of claiming that the whole thing was a publicity hoax that young Sinatra was in on was one used by their defense attorney later on at trial. The three perpetrators didn't claim that right away.

Other than that, William H. Macy, David Arquette, and Ryan Browning are the three kidnappers in a story that sticks pretty factually close to the events as they happen. James Russo does a fine job playing the senior Sinatra, it's like seeing Old Blue Eyes himself. Fortunately the role did not call for singing like Sinatra.

Showtime produced this film for their network and the plot centered around David Arquette playing Barry Keenan the organizer of the plot. His rather amoral character is gone into somewhat, the other two roles of John Irwin (William H. Macy) and Joe Amsler (Ryan Browning) are left kind of up in the air by the script.

Stealing Sinatra is a factual retelling of one of the strangest events of the Sixties. A bit above average for a made for TV film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ho rapito Sinatra See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Showtime Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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