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In Brief: An obscure but enjoyable bit of film noir role-reversal, Suddenly (1954) sees Sterling Hayden and Frank Sinatra flip the script slightly. We've all seen Sinatra as the conflicted hero trying to stop an assassination in The Manchurian Candidate, but here he's a deranged psychopath trying to murder the president — and Hayden, having played killers and madmen in movies like The Asphalt Jungle and Dr. Strangelove, is now the straight-laced small-town cop trying to stop him. Director Lewis Allen (The Uninvited) keeps the pacing brisk and the atmosphere tense, but the real draw here is the film's stars — though apocryphal legend has it that Suddenly may have influenced Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the Kennedy assassination. It may not be an indispensable classic, but it's a fun watch with plenty to recommend it and few faults to speak of.
Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Lewis Allen
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Suddenly on Tuesday, Jan 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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