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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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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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They never let the rules get in the way of having fun. 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 »

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HBO Films, Original Film See more »
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Dolby

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Niven gained 20 pounds to play Marilyn Monroe. See more »

Goofs

On election night, Frank Sinatra is talking on a phone. The receiver is clearly connected to the phone wire with an RJ-11 jack. That kind of connection is common now but did not exist in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Frank Sinatra: If power doesn't mean that you have the opportunity to work with the people that you love , then you haven't really got any.
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High Hopes
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Michael Dees, Gunnar Madsen, Warren Wiebe and Angus Macfadyen
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A fairly good biography of cultural icons
20 November 2000 | by unfoundSee all my reviews

"The Rat Pack" was a fairly good film. There were some squabbles over the casting but there's only so far that you can go with a film. Ray Liotta does a fairly good portrayal of Old Blue Eyes by playing him off as a cocky, brash, fast living human being with a penchant for being connected. The always good Don Cheadle portrays Sammy Davis as a human torn apart by bigotry during those days. Angus MacFayden, despite the fact that he looks like Peter Lawford when he was a teenager, is good at playing Lawford as an adulterer and reluctant political confidant to Sinatra. Joey Bishop lookalike Bobby Slayton has all the mannerisms and the look of Bishop himself. Joe Mantegna once again delivers portraying Dino as the real confidant to Sinatra who kept the middle ground between Sinatra and everything else. The film focuses on the Rat Pack's glory days as well as it's tie to the Kennedy family. It's very good despite how short the film is. The only problem I have is that it stops abruptly and doesn't continue on about the Rat Pack, how it's days ended and what not. Other than that, The Rat Pack is a satisfying rental for any fan.


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