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Critic Reviews for Suddenly
If you remove the hokum--the overly obvious and period-wholesome nonsense that frames the main narrative--Suddenly is a taut thriller in the Key Largo mold.
What I liked best was that Frank [Sinatra] wore a fedora throughout, even indoors.
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.
Tense, brisk and entirely forgettable, "Suddenly" is one of the lesser known thrillers from the 50s. Minus an interesting premise and a creepy performance from Frank Sinatra, there isn't anything real notable about it. Effectively but predictably made, "Suddenly" isn't an accomplished thriller, but it does what it does well and does it pretty darn fast.
A very interesting movie a thriller and a political drama, plus a good cast and story. I really liked it.
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