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The Night We Called It a Day (2003)

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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Paul Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Frank Sinatra
Melanie Griffith ... Barbara Marx
Portia de Rossi ... Hilary Hunter
Joel Edgerton ... Rod Blue
Rose Byrne ... Audrey Appleby
David Hemmings ... Mickey Rudin
David Field ... Bob Hawke
Victoria Thaine ... Penny
Stephen O'Rourke Stephen O'Rourke ... Jilly Rizzo
Nicholas Hope ... Phil
George Vidalis George Vidalis ... Vinny
Peter Demlakian Peter Demlakian ... Ruby
Tony Barry ... Ralph Blue
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Rex Hooper
Jennifer Hagan Jennifer Hagan ... Doris
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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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There are some nights you never forget. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Way See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$113,686 (Australia), 15 August 2003, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Filmfest Hamburg)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank Sinatra: I have an apology to make. To all the hookers out there, I compared them to the media.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.11 (2015) See more »

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Papa Loves Mambo
Written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning & Bickley Reichner (as Bix Reichner)
Recorded by Perry Como & His Orchestra
© Al Hoffman Songs Inc. All rights reserved
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc
Used with permission of Campbell Connelly (Australia) Pty Ltd
Under license from BMG Australia Limited
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Not a comedy, more a gentle date movie
4 May 2015 | by philpriestleySee all my reviews

I watched this title billed as a comedy. It's not really because there aren't any laughs in it.

This film gives a version of events from a notorious Frank Sinatra tour of Australia in the 70s. I'm not a big Sinatra fan - but I rented this film for a £1 from my satellite provider. You can afford to go wrong for a pound.

Sadly it isn't a comedy on any level really. It just doesn't function in that way. It's a solid (solid to wooden) sentimental romance story though - gentle if somewhat uninvolving, take it or leave it affair. Roguish main character with straight-laced opposite number - will they or won't they chemistry (which never really becomes that compelling).

A good solid performance can be found with pretty much every actor involved in this uninspiring, two dimensional script in a robust and professional fashion.

Nobody really manages to lift the script with a standout display.

If I would offer any criticism, it would be the lack of character development. The characters are incredibly under developed and shallow. We know that Audry Appleby is supposed to be intelligent because Rod Blue clumsily points out her degree certificate, and she stands next to it in shot a couple of times. We know that Rod Blue is a bit of an Aussie bloke because he gets into a couple of fights (you see the injuries, but generally not the fights). That's about the depth that you get offered.

I would describe this as forgettable and bland. I wouldn't recommend it - albeit, it's far from awful. You never really care what the film is ultimately going to culminate in. It won't irritate you, you won't dislike it - there is nothing to be offended by here. They are remarkably delicate with the portrayal of Frank Sinatra himself - so even the fans won't be barbed.

Watch it or don't watch it, but don't expect too much.


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