The Night We Called it a Day

Year: 2003
Director: Paul Goldman
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Rose Byrne, Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith, Portia De Rossi, David Field
A great idea for a movie and it as well done as it could have been, it's just a shame it came out at a time Australian didn't feel like seeing Australian movies – it was one of a string of flops over the course of the 2003 winter months.

Some people didn't like it because it didn't know what story it was telling, trying instead to mesh together a tongue in cheek account of a historical event and a comic love story.

It's 1974, and small time concert promoter Rod Blue (Edgerton) has a shot at the biggest of the big time – bringing Frank Sinatra down under. Helped by his devoted assistant (Byrne) who happens to be hopelessly in love with him, he tries to hold it together amid the growing crisis.

After being accosted by the press at the airport, Old Blue Eyes is given a bad first impression of Australia that sticks. When he makes a joke at his concert about the Australian media being pimps and hookers, all hell breaks loose and it becomes a case of the worm that turned.

Led by Bob Hawke (played with priceless glee by David Field), the ACTU imposes a blanket ban on Sinatra and his entourage until he apologises. Stuck in the middle of it all is Rod, trying to sort the mess out and get the girl.

It's a cute idea, mostly well done, with some pretty good casting (Tom Burlinson does the voice), but whenever the story focuses on Rod and Audrey, you feel yourself watching a run of the mill love story and wishing it would get back to either Field or Hopper.

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