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Frank and Ava (2018)

Before he was chairman of the board. He was just a man, desperate for a woman, clinging to a dream. The story of Sinatra as never told before and Ava Gardner, the woman who saved him, by breaking him. Based on true stories.


Michael Oblowitz


Willard Manus, Rico Simonini (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rico Simonini ... Frank
Emily Elicia Low Emily Elicia Low ... Ava
Harry Dean Stanton ... Sheriff Lloyd
Eric Roberts ... Harry Cohn
Lukas Haas ... Officer Josenhans
Jonathan Silverman ... Mannie Sacks
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Jack Keller
Katherine Helmond ... Betty
Dionne Warwick ... Lady Singing the Blues
Terry Moore ... Self
Shirley Jones ... Self
Eliza Roberts ... Sheilah
Ed O'Ross ... Sgt. Haney
Tony Denison ... Adler
Robert Costanzo ... Willie


The steel line of sex and tension is palpable throughout this harrowing and heart-stirring Hollywood romance between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. It's 1949 and Sinatra, the former king of swoon who once enchanted millions of "bobby soxers", is at the downturn of his career as the once golden "Voice" is now compromised by a hemorrhage to his vocal cords while his reputation is lambasted by the press who parade his alleged Mafia connections, liberal sympathies, and extramarital affairs. In the midst of his despair, he falls hard and fast for Gardner, MGM's sultry starlet with whom he shares proclivities for passion, whiskey, obstinacy, and sexual infidelities. Equal to his desire to maintain the interest of the mercurial Gardner, is his almost sacred infatuation aimed at attaining the role of Private Angelo Maggio in Columbia Picture's From Here to Eternity, the sole ray of hope in salvaging his career. An acknowledged long shot due to his questionable acting chops and heretofore box ... Written by Rico Simonini

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They loved each other like a battle to the death See more »

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Among the locations used for "Frank and Ava" was Sinatra's Palm Springs estate, "Twin Palms", which features included two large palm trees flanking a piano-shaped swimming pool, an original Valentino sound recording system, and a sink in the master bathroom bearing a crack from a champagne bottle that Frank threw at Ava during one of their legendary brawls. (The latter was incorporated into the story by the film makers once they discovered the "damage".) See more »


When the sheriff is called about Frank and Ava getting arrested, he gets dressed in front of a 50-star flag, which did not exist for at least 10 years. See more »

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29 February 2020 | by Belfre2See all my reviews

Old Blue Eyes didn't have blue eyes. Ava, a physically beautiful woman in real life wasn't portrayed by a beautiful actress in this film. Very boring. Didn't finish it.

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September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Palm Springs, California, USA See more »


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$3,080, 9 December 2018

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