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Some Came Running (1959)

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Release Date: Jun 1, 1959 Wide

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After the success of From Here to Eternity, pairing Frank Sinatra with another James Jones novel made perfect sense. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the film stars Sinatra as a recently discharged soldier whose promising writing career has derailed. After a drunken card game, Sinatra finds himself aboard a bus for his Indiana hometown of Parktown, with recent acquaintance Shirley MacLaine in tow. An unrefined good-time girl, MacLaine allows her affections to settle on the hard-drinking

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One of American cinema's first great masterpieces about the psychological dislocation of the war generation.

July 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Somewhat fascinating lurid family drama.

July 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of Minnelli's--and Hollywood's--best melodramas of the 1950s, with a breakthrough, Oscar-nominated turn by Shirley MacLaine.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Minnelli's masterpiece.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Frank Sinatra is at his tortured best, and Dino's acting has never been better.

February 23, 2004
Nitrate Online

A writerly melodrama that whips up some mesmerising performances.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Some Came Running

great performances from sinatra and maclaine, who's cute as a button but also kinda pathetic. widescreen technicolor melodrama about the underside of small town life in the 50s complete with middle class conformity and madonna/whore complex. even dino can't ruin this
June 18, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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Some came running out of the theater after seeing this movie, others demanded their money back. This movie seemed like it was going somewhere for the longest time, but just didn't, it's disappointing.
November 17, 2010
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Not just one of Minnelli's best but one of Hollywood's greatest movies of any era, "Some Came Running" is unjustly forgotten. It features a career best performance from Sinatra, playing on his surly persona to great effect as the returning soldier and failed writer. Hyer wants him to return to writing but he has no interest, not as confident in his talent as the sycophants of his town. She doesn't desire him as the man he is, rather the man she naively dreams he could be. MacLaine on the other hand can't fulfill him intellectually but is in love with him just as he is. The moment of revelation comes when he cross-examines her about why she liked one of his stories. She replies that she may not have understood it but enjoyed it because it came from him. Sinatra suddenly realises that finally he has someone who respects him for himself and not some perceived potential.
There's a dark shadow looming in the shape of Steve Peck, a drunkard who has eyes for MacLaine and wants vengeance for a humiliation at the hands of Sinatra. In the movie's most famous scene, a chase at a fairground, Peck is first seen lit by red neon in an alley, recalling a fantasy scene from one of Minnelli's musicals. He steps out of this movie world and begins his pursuit of Sinatra. Where "Two Weeks In Another Town" features a character who wants to escape reality for the world of fiction, Sinatra aims for the exact opposite here. He wants to escape his past as a writer and etch out some sort of life in the real world. Fitting then that Peck should seem to step out of a fantasy world to throw a spanner (or a bullet) in the works.
Elmer Bernstein provides a bombastic score, like a nightmarish Saturday night in a forties roadhouse. William Daniels widescreen framing is the perfect accompaniment to the skillful staging of Minnelli. The scene where Sinatra seduces Hyer features a surreal twist on the usual romantic lighting of such scenes, turning the characters into silhouettes, a foreboding premonition of how this relationship will pan out.
German magazine "Der Spiegel" rated this as the greatest movie of all time. I wouldn't go that far but it's certainly in the mix, the pinnacle of the fifties melodrama.
May 30, 2012
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Sinatra tried to replicate his success with From Here to Eternity but he doesn't have enough to work with here. This tale of a soldier's return home is not as compelling as oooh "Coming Home" for example.
March 26, 2014
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