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The Rat Pack (1998)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Frank Sinatra
Joe Mantegna ... Dean Martin
Don Cheadle ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
Angus Macfadyen ... Peter Lawford
William Petersen ... John F. Kennedy
Zeljko Ivanek ... Bobby Kennedy
Bobby Slayton ... Joey Bishop
Megan Dodds ... May Britt
Deborah Kara Unger ... Ava Gardner
Veronica Cartwright ... Rocky Cooper
Dan O'Herlihy ... Joe Kennedy
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Momo Giancana
Barbara Niven ... Marilyn Monroe
Michelle Grace Michelle Grace ... Judy Campbell
Tyrees Allen ... George Jacobs
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Storyline

In the 1950s and 1960s Frank Sinatra was the head of the infamous "Rat Pack". He, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop worked and played together. This film dramatizes their volatile relationships with each other and the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, mobster Sam Giancana, Judith Campbell Exner and the FBI. Sinatra helps John F. Kennedy get elected in 1960 with a little help from Giancana. Lawford, married to a Kennedy, is an unhappy go-between. Davis is fighting racism and insecurity. Campbell is sleeping with both Giancana and JFK who is also sleeping with Monroe. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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It was their world. We just lived in it. See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rat Pack See more »

Company Credits

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HBO Films, Original Film See more »
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Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which the Rat Pack perform "High Hopes" was the first scene filmed. See more »

Goofs

In the "Ocean's 11" filming scene, "Sinatra" can be seen wearing a two-button gray jacket. In reality, the original jacket was a three-button and was given by Frank to his son Frank, Jr., after the filming. See more »

Quotes

Frank Sinatra: How tall are you, Peter?
Peter Lawford: About six foot one.
Frank Sinatra: Don't cut yourself off at the knees.
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References The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) See more »

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I've Got the World On A String
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performed by Michael Dees
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Good Film, Bad Casting
23 November 2009 | by les6969See all my reviews

The story is good and certainly made me think about maybe why and by whom John and Bobby Kennedy as well as Marilyn Monroe were killed! But that's a side point. Not a bad film but the casting director needs to be shot! Don Cheadle, as Sammy Davis is probably the most convincing and I am sure it was no easy task to capture the highly talented Mr Davis Jr, especially the dancing. The racism and the obvious pain of Sammy really came through. Angus MacFadyen's Lawford is not too bad and is second to Don Cheadle's performance. From there the casting goes really off....

Joe Mantegna captures something of Dean Martin's character but is not as handsome or charming enough. William L. Petersen, looks and sounds nothing like JFK and portrays him as a shallow, weak character.

Then we come to the worst casting in the whole film. Ray Liotta looks not even close to Sinatra, he is much too tall, and even worse he fails to carry himself like him and his speaking voice is just awful, he sounds like a squeaky teenager most of the time. this would not be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that he is the main character in this film and at times you even forget that he is supposed to be Sinatra.

So with a better cast this could have been a superb film but it is not.


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