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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.


Paul Goldman
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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 ... Doris


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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This nobody is about to catch a big somebody. See more »

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


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


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 »


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 »


You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Composed by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (as Bachman Turner Overdrive)
Ranbach Music/Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Licensed from Mercury Records (United States)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty 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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14 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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