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Tony Rome is a 1967 American neo-noir detective film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Sue Lyon and Gena Rowlands.

The story follows the adventures of Miami private investigator Tony Rome (Sinatra) in his quest to locate a missing diamond pin that belongs to a wealthy heiress, Diana (Lyon), the daughter of rich construction magnate Rudolph Kosterman, and her stepmother Rita (Rowlands), while also getting help from a seductive divorcee, Ann Archer (St. John).

A sequel, Lady in Cement, was released in 1968, again featuring Sinatra as Rome.


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  • Deadpan Snarker: Rome, as befitting of a Hardboiled Detective played by Frank Sinatra.
    Diana: People change. They don't always turn out the way you expect.
    Tony: I know. You should see my baby pictures.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: At the end, Ann leaves Rome after she decides to go back to her husband.
  • Double Entendre: Rome holds a long conversation with his neighbor Mrs. Schuyler about her cat... who they both insist to refer to as a "pussy".
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Rome meets an attractive, very femenine stripper... who is revealed to have a much older (and much more butch) female "roommate". Their subsequent argument when the stripper arrives home with Rome leaves no doubt about the true nature of their relationship.


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