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Frank and Ava (2018)

A destitute Sinatra pursues a hapless romance with the sultry starlet; marked by passion, bourbon and infidelities; while campaigning for the role of Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity, the sole ray of hope in salvaging his career.


Michael Oblowitz


Willard Manus, Rico Simonini (screenplay)
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Rico Simonini ... Frank Sinatra
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 ... Heckler #2
Rino Barillari Rino Barillari ... Fan guy
Joanne Baron ... Hedda
Gerard Boeke ... Ciccio
Scotty Bowers Scotty Bowers ... Himself (as G. Scotty Bowers)


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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Release Date:

2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,009, 13 December 2018
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Did You Know?


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 »

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