Assault On A Queen

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A motley crew of treasure hunters plan to rob the cruise-liner RMS Queen Mary, using a recovered WW2 German submarine.

ACTORS :  Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi, Anthony Franciosa

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1966

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Assault On A Queen  A group of adventurers refloat a WWII German submarine and prepare to use it to pull a very large heist; The Queen Mary which they plan to rob on the high seas. He’s an I’ve-tried-everything guy. She’s an I’ll-try-anything girl.

Interesting Heist Movie

Assault On A Queen  Frank Sinatra starred in two memorable heist movies in the 1960s. The first was Ocean’s Eleven (1960), which brought the Rat Pack together for a film that Sinatra is said to have remarked “Forget the movie. Let’s do the heist!”

The second was sci-fi writer Jack Finney’s Assault on a Queen (1966). Despite its mediocre rating here on IMDb, it’s actually a fascinating film marred only by rather cheap special effects (Sinatra’s diving scenes look like they were shot in a backyard pool) and the sometimes ridiculous Rod Serling script. “She’s so deep in my gut we breathe together” is the worst line, and one that Sinatra must have needed more than a few drinks to articulate.

Meanwhile, Virna Lisi appears as little more than eye candy in the film, and Anthony Franciosa’s character is rather repugnant and oily. However, there are some good scenes with Sinatra and fellow Rat Pack member Richard Conte, and the movie would have benefited greatly if their two characters had been given more time together.

It’s definitely worth watching, and Sinatra’s acting is great as usual despite the weak script.

A truly enjoyable adventure !

 
This is a remarkable enjoyable adventure. I first saw this movie when I was a small boy of 8 years old. I have seen it several times since and I am still amazed by how much I like this movie. To an 8 year old this is a tale of adventure , risk , reward , and right over wrong. The musical soundtrack while limited is truly inspired by the plot. If you release yourself from the everyday roll of life and just let that little child in you come out with an awe of the impossible you will totally be absorbed by the picture. The acting is OK , the cloths dated , the bravado overacted but no matter how many things about this movie are just plain bad – the overall premise is inspiring . I am finding it hard to not give away any plot but I would not want to spoil this experience for anyone. Give it a try – you will not be disappointed.

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