The Night We Called It A Day

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Review byMatthew Turner11/01/2006

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 96 mins

Quirky Australian comedy-drama with likeable performances, a witty script and an impressive commitment to tacky 1970s set design.

What’s it all about?
The Night We Called It A Day is based on the real events which occurred during Frank Sinatra’s infamous 1974 visit to Australia. Joel Kinky Boots Edgerton stars as a down on his luck rock promoter who gets a lucky break when he convinces Frank Sinatra (Dennis Hopper) to tour Australia.

However, when Ol’ Blue Eyes touches down, ambitious journalist Hilary Hunter (Portia de Rossi) angers him with some ill-advised questions and when a furious Sinatra brands Hunter a two-dollar whore in return, he causes the unions to hold him hostage, denying him everything from room service to fuel for his jet until he apologises.

The Good
Hopper makes an eerily convincing Sinatra, giving him a suitably sinister edge while also managing to pull off the singing scenes (he’s actually miming). Edgerton’s star continues to rise with a performance that is both charismatic and likeable, and there’s strong support from Hemmings, Melanie Griffith (as Sinatra’s girlfriend) and Rose Byrne as Rod’s smitten assistant (and frequent life-saver) Audrey.

The film’s witty script has a lot of fun imagining what might have happened during Sinatra’s enforced detention, as well as shedding some light on an almost forgotten incident. It’s also a reminder of just how much power the unions had back then.

The Bad
The only real problem with the film is that the romance between Rod and Audrey seems underwritten, almost as if it was added at a late stage in order to spice things up a bit. It also doesn’t help that Edgerton has more chemistry with Portia de Rossi’s character.

Worth seeing?
In short, this is an enjoyable film that’s worth seeing for the performances alone. Recommended.

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