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Assault on a Queen (1966)

Unrated | | Adventure, Crime, Thriller | 15 June 1966 (USA)
A motley crew of treasure hunters plan to rob the cruise-liner RMS Queen Mary, using a recovered WW2 German submarine.

Director:

Jack Donohue

Writers:

Jack Finney (novel), Rod Serling (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Mark Brittain
Virna Lisi ... Rosa Lucchesi
Anthony Franciosa ... Vic Rossiter
Richard Conte ... Tony Moreno
Alf Kjellin ... Eric Lauffnauer
Errol John ... Linc Langley
Murray Matheson ... Captain
Reginald Denny ... Master-at-Arms
John Warburton ... Bank Manager
Lester Matthews ... Doctor
Val Avery ... Trench
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Officer #1
Ronald Long ... Officer #2
Leslie Bradley ... Officer #3
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Officer #4
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Storyline

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. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Ahoy for the heist of all time! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asalto al Queen Mary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Duke Ellington, the film's composer, had to leave scoring the film to go on tour. Van Cleave and Frank Comstock were brought in not only to orchestrate the film but to finish the score and arrange the material. In the end, only five of Ellington's cues survived, with the rest being from the arrangers. Sadly, the master tapes to the score have been lost to time and the full extent of what Elliongton recorded that was not in the film will never be heard. In June 2016 Dragon's Domain Records released the score as heard in the film, but from monaural music stems, since the aforementioned master tapes no longer exist. See more »

Goofs

The treasure hunters find the skeletal remains of the U-boat commander inside the sub. Sealed inside a dry, airtight environment, the body should have mummified rather than being reduced to a skeleton. See more »

Quotes

Mark Brittain: You're not dedicated professionals. You're a brotherhood of happy, street-swingin' thinkers.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

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Interesting Heist Movie
24 August 2017 | by bill-2315See all my reviews

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.


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