Movie Details

The second documentary in a four-part series produced by the A&E cable network, The Rat Pack: True Stories of the Original Kings of Cool, Vol. 2 - The Road to Vegas examines how the careers of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Sammy Davis Jr., would come together as members of the legendary "Rat Pack." Sinatra's career takes a nosedive after a number of unsuccessful movies and records, as well as public scrutiny of his stormy marriage to Ava Gardner, while Martin's future looks questionable following the dissolution of his partnership with comic Jerry Lewis. Lawford's acting career goes flat after a promising start, and Davis has to deal with institutional racism -- he often was not allowed to stay in hotels where he appeared as an entertainer -- as well as the loss of an eye in an auto accident. However, as Las Vegas emerges as America's new entertainment Mecca in the 1950s, all four men find their careers rising to new heights, and their personal friendship would grow into a professional partnership that would capture the public's imagination. Includes remarkable footage of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performing with legendary rhythm and blues act The Treniers, as well as interviews with Lewis, Milton Berle, Janet Leigh, and Tony Curtis. Danny Aiello narrates. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi