Robin and the Seven Hoods Reviews
[originally posted 2Mar2000]
Not long before this started shooting, there was a major rift in the rat pack, and because of that, only three members (Martin, Davis, and Sinatra, of course) show up here. The other two roles were filled in, and quite ably, by Peter Falk and Bing Crosby. And if you like rat pack-style music, having ensemble numbers with Frank, Dean, and Bing is something you're gonna love.
The last half of this movie is good. It ain't Oceans Eleven, but it's good. Too bad the first half moves slower than a snail on ludes. Crosby doesn't show up until an hour into the film, and the action starts right there; before that, what the movie needs most is an editor who isn't afraid of Sinatra. It does, however, have some fine music (Sinatra debuted "My Kind of Town" here), and once it picks up, it's a lot of fun. Watch it when it comes on AMC, but spend the first half hour or so going to the store to get munchies. ** 1/2
Well, again, I hate to say it, I saw this first run in the theatre and was mesmerized by it on the big screen. Especially when all these guys, Frank, Dino, Peter, Bing, Sammy.... all were alive and kicking down in Vegas.
Call me sentimental, but you had to be there. No plasma or HDTV screen in your family room is going to do this film any justice.
Lame, sure the plot is a bit lame. The cinematography is good. The acting is a bit rough. But the movie is the Rat Pack. And that's what filled the theatres at the time.
The music score was terrific as well though. My Kind of Town and Style both were huge songs at the time.
Take it to the bank, we won't see the likes of this talent again.
like Ocean's 11 this was a good movie with the Rat Pack I'd recommend it to anyone
One of the rare chances to see Bing and Frank together (see also High Society).