Frank Sinatra: Tony Rome [DVD] [1967]

Gordon M. Douglas' Tony Rome, starring Frank Sinatra, made it to laserdisc in the late '80s in a fairly good transfer, but the 2005 Fox DVD runs circles around that 12-inch platter for clarity and richness of color. The letterboxed image (2.35:1) gives a fine account of the widescreen Panavision image, which director Douglas fills with worthwhile detail and activity -- seeing it any other way makes for a string of artificial close-ups; and the audio is well mastered as well, with lots of presence to the dialogue and the appropriately busy score. The movie has been given a very generous 20 chapters, easily accessible through a simple two-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up. The only special features are the original trailers to this movie and its sequel, Lady in Cement (1968), co-starring Raquel Welch, and a string of trailers from a handful of unrelated Welch-starring Fox titles of the same period.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Tony Rome
Frank Sinatra brings a sneering Rat Pack ethos to his first hard-boiled detective role in Tony Rome. Tony is an ex-cop who lives on a houseboat off Miami, accepting fees for private-eye work. His former partner, Ralph Turpin (Robert J. Wilke), asks Tony for help in locating Diana Pines (Sue Lyon), the daughter of rich construction magnate Rudolph Kosterman (Simon Oakland). Tony finds her unconscious and drunk in a sleazy motel room and returns her to her home. Rudolph decides to hire Tony in order to find out why his daughter is behaving so erratically. In the meantime, Diana's stepmother, Rita (Gena Rowlands), also offers Tony money to inform her first about whatever Tony finds out. He discovers that Diana has lost an expensive diamond pin, but before he can act upon the information, he is beaten up by two goons and nearly killed by Diana's crazy step-uncle. Tony then finds out that Turpin has been murdered. With help from sultry and sexy divorcée Ann Archer (Jill St. John), Tony discovers that Diana has been funneling large sums of money to her alcoholic mother, Lorna (Jeanne Cooper), with Rita's priceless jewelry being replaced by fakes. A collection of disagreeable human sludge all take their turns trying to get Tony and the information that he holds -- including his old pal Lieutenant Santini (Richard Conte). After a murder attempt on Rudolph's life, Tony uncovers a series of vile connections involving blackmail, deceit, and betrayal. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra - Tony Rome
  • Jill St. John
    Jill St. John - Ann Archer
  • Richard Conte
    Richard Conte - Dave Santini
  • Gena Rowlands
    Gena Rowlands - Rita Neilson Kosterman
  • Simon Oakland
    Simon Oakland - Rudolph Kosterman
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