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  1. Richard Morton says:

    3 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Suddenly (Amazon Video)

    The story surrounding this film being withdrawn from circulation following the JFK assassination has become perhaps more (in)famous than the film itself but it’s a solid piece of work in its own right. A lean, compact little thriller/drama which is certainly worth the brief 72 minutes of your time that it runs for.

    Sinatra’s the standout turn in this – a mean, brutal, ruthless killer who rocks up in the small town of Suddenly with a ploy to kill the US President who’s passing through. He and his small crew find the perfect home for the kill shot and take the inhabitants hostage – but they may get a little more than they bargained for.

    It’s a relatively stagey piece from her, short on locations but high on drama as things play out towards a suitably tense conclusion. Sterling Hayden brings typically solid support as the towns sheriff and everyone else gets their jobs done ok. It certainly doesn’t outstay it’s welcome, if anything maybe it’s slightly on the short side but still a well crafted old school caper.

  2. KG says:

    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Suddenly [DVD] [1954] (DVD)

    Frank Sinatra tries to kill the president! Apparently there is a colourised, cleaned up version of this film but I didn’t mind the black and white version I bought. Never heard of this before and I have some film noir DVDs of my own, but came across this by accident and was pleasantly surprised.

  3. Anonymous says:

    4 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Suddenly [DVD] [1954] (DVD)

    Intense, sometimes hokey thriller of small time hoods led by a surprisingly good Frank Sinatra, paid to assassinate the president when he stops in a small town. They take a family hostage, and cat-and-mouse game ensues. Sometimes obvious, some weak supporting performances, stagy. But still more fun and tense then most modern Hollywood thrillers.

    A warning, I’ve tried several different versions of this on DVD and have yet to find a decent looking copy. I guess it must be in public domain since so many versions are out there. You might try renting and see if you can find a version that’s not scratched up, missing frames, etc.

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