Suddenly (1954)


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Movie Info

Frank Sinatra is riveting as a cold-hearted assassin in this taut thriller.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Sale
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 2004
United Artists


as John Baron

as Tod Shaw

as Bart Wheeler

as Pop Benson

as Ellen Benson

as Benny Conklin

as Pidge

as Slim Adams

as Jud Hobson

as Wilson

as Haggerty

as Burge

as Driver

as Wilson
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Critic Reviews for Suddenly

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

March 27, 2004
New York Post
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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November 29, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Full Review… | October 3, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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October 1, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Suddenly

In spite of the fact that I've seen Frank Sinatra in a wide variety of roles, I was nonetheless surprised and captivated by his performance in Suddenly. I had never heard of this 1954 film before, but I found it in a used bin at a good price so bought it. The film itself is a good, tense thriller about an attempted assassination of the president, but don't get this confused with The Manchurian Candidate. Sinatra's enthusiastic performance as the gleeful psychotic hit-man is really all this picture's got going for it. The rest is pretty standard.
The theme is that there are unrepentant, amoral killers out there, but they're the exception not the rule. Sterling Hayden's character, the Sherriff is presented as the sacrificing hero- the GI who only does what has to be done. Sinatra's character is someone who enjoys killing-not standard, even among outlaws and gangsters.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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A very interesting movie a thriller and a political drama, plus a good cast and story. I really liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Suddenly is nothing special. Sinatra's performance is pretty good as the psycho assassin and Sterling Hayden plays the hard-nosed but sometimes lovesick cop pretty well. It would've been interesting to see the roles switched but the gimmick that Suddenly had going for it would've been lost in the shuffle. Nothing to go out of your way for but a decent way to piss away a Saturday afternoon. And contrary to what anyone tells you Suddenly is NOT film noir.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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