Review and interview by James Lindorf
Unfortunately, when people first hear about “Stallone: Frank, That Is,” their initial reaction is typically why, or possibly that it was nice of Sly to get that made for his brother. Even though Frank is younger, maybe people are reminded of Fredo’s “I’m smart” speech from The Godfather Part II about a brother being over looked. However, it just takes a few minutes of the 73-minute documentary to realize that Frank has the charisma, talent, and drive to warrant this type of exposure. Perhaps if it weren’t for his last name, he would have earned even more recognition instead of being labeled the other Stallone. Stallone: Frank, That Is, is now available on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Play!
If you don’t know much about Frank, you may be wondering what makes him a worthy candidate for a documentary. Let’s look at the tale of the tape. Frank has one incredibly famous brother, countless famous friends and peers, three Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums, five Gold Singles, Golden Globe and Grammy nominations. He will also let you know he was snubbed by not receiving at least one Oscar nomination. Frank has appeared in over 75 films and TV shows, including Tombstone and the cult, hit Barfly. You can hear him on the soundtrack for several iconic movies, including “The Expendables 2,” “Rocky” I, II and III, “Rambo II,” and “Over the Top.” He was also responsible for over half of the soundtrack to the “Saturday Night Fever” sequel “Staying Alive,” including writing and performing the main theme “Far From Over.” All of this success while still not being a household name is both baffling and a shame. That is what made Frank’s life worth delving into for writer, director, and producer Derek Wayne Johnson (John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs).
Johnson is effusive in his praise of Frank that the movie feels a bit like they are being nice to someone posthumously. That doesn’t work so well when Frank is the focal point of the film. Some may view it as them trying too hard like Johnson is yelling, I love Frank, and this is why you should too. It may be a bit over the top, but I can’t help but agree with him. Pick your favorite positive adjective to describe Frank, and whether it is boisterous, effervescent, or jovial, they are all true. Frank Stallone is a charming guy and has worked hard for his success, making him easy to like and easy to root for.
I was lucky enough to get a brief chance to talk to Frank about the documentary and his career, and you can listen down below. If you want to hear about Frank from the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Dee Williams, Billy Zane, Joe Mantegna, Talia Shire, Geraldo Rivera, Danny Aiello, Frankie Avalon, Richie Sambora, and John Oates, then you are just going to have to tune into “Stallone: Frank, That Is.”
Original Language: English
Director: Derek Wayne Johnson
Writer: Derek Wayne Johnson
Producer: Derek Wayne Johnson, Emmett James, Frank Stallone, Chris May, David Polemeni
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