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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.

Director:

Michael Oblowitz

Writers:

Willard Manus, Rico Simonini (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rico Simonini ... Frank Sinatra
Emily Elicia Low Emily Elicia Low ... Ava Gardner
Harry Dean Stanton ... Sheriff Lloyd
Lukas Haas ... Officer Josenhans
Eric Roberts ... Harry Cohn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Barber Nunzio
Robin Arcuri ... Stenographer Liz
Brenda Arteaga-Walsh ... Party Girl
Luc Austin Luc Austin ... Frank jr
Stephanie Carolina Aviles Stephanie Carolina Aviles ... Cigarette Girl
Eric Bare Eric Bare ... Heckler #2
Rino Barillari Rino Barillari ... Fan guy
Joanne Baron ... Hedda
Gerard Boeke ... Ciccio
Scotty Bowers ... Himself (as G. Scotty Bowers)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,080, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$18,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,829
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Color:

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Trivia

The last on screen feature film appearance by legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton. See more »

Goofs

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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A must for Sinatra fans ...
17 May 2019 | by simoniniSee all my reviews

Great cast, great moments, with beautiful footage shot at Sinatra home in Palm Springs and in the streets (and fountains) of Rome. Notable performances by Eric Roberts as the slick Harry Cohn, Richard Portnow as Walter Winchell, Joanne Baron as Hedda Hopper, and cameos by Jonathan Silverman and Harry Dean Stanton in his last film role. Also, you can familiar faces from The Godfather, Donnie Brasco, Green Book, Goodfellas, The Irishman. Grammy winner and legend Dionne Warwick performs new recording on screen and Keaton Simons provides original music under supervision of Andy Ross (Whiplash).


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