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Frank and Ava (2018)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Frank & Ava joins the wild ride of the tempestuous relationship between icons, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner showing their multi-year love affair and subsequent marriage. In 1949, a downcast Frank, his career on the wane because of a ...See moreFrank & Ava joins the wild ride of the tempestuous relationship between icons, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner showing their multi-year love affair and subsequent marriage. In 1949, a downcast Frank, his career on the wane because of a faltering voice, a failing marriage, and a tarnished off screen reputation falls in love with rising star, Ava, by consensus, the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. While their love was incandescent, they were hapless as a couple; often pursued by reporters such as Hedda Hopper who played them off against each other in the tabloids; casting Frank as an adulterer and Ava as a home wrecker while Frank!s wife, Nancy Barbato, refused to grant him a divorce. Once married in 1951 the tabloids then paraded their sorted affairs whenever their careers separated them. (Often it was Ava who went off to Europe or Africa to make a movie, leaving Frank behind). In the meantime, Frank, career hanging by a thread, is desperately trying to land the acting job that he believes will turn his fortunes, the role of Private Angelo Maggio in upcoming Columbia Pictures film, From Here to Eternity. Although Frank divides nearly all of his energy pulling all stops to land the "Maggio" role and trying to keep tight reigns on Ava it becomes apparent that these efforts are in vain. Frank is not highly regarded as an actor, having starred in recent "flops" and he and Ava appear doomed as a couple; hard drinking, profane, independent mirror images of each other who readily blur the lines of monogamy. Their fights are wild and savage, as they exchange insults and even blows with Ava often walking off leaving a desperate Sinatra trying to kill himself upon on hearing of Ava shacking up with her various paramours. Eventually they separate, with Ava remaining in Spain where she filmed The Barefoot Contessa and took up with famous matador, Luis Miguel Dominion. Frank does make a comeback when he wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1953 for the role of Maggio; a role that either Ava or the mob or both may have interceded on his behalf in his being cast. The podium is bittersweet as it is a Pyrrhic victory as the broken-heart Frank celebrates alone. Written by Rico Simonini See less
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Rico Simonini
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Emily Elicia Low
Ava Gardner Ava Gardner   See fewer
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Harry Dean Stanton
Sheriff Lloyd Sheriff Lloyd   See fewer
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Lukas Haas
Officer Josenhans Officer Josenhans   See fewer
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Eric Roberts
Harry Cohn Harry Cohn   See fewer
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Jonathan Silverman
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Jack Keller Jack Keller   See fewer
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Lana Turner Lana Turner   See fewer
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Carlo Mendez
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