A workmanlike "true story" about the affair between mobster Sam Giancana and singer Phyllis McGuire, SUGARTIME (which was first shown on HBO in 1995) pushes all the gangster-movie buttons, but lacks zest.
1960. Testifying before the US Senate Subcommittee on Organized Crime, Chicago crime boss Sam Giancana (John Turturro) takes the Fifth, refusing to answer Attorney General Bobby Kennedy's questions. Afterwards, in Las Vegas, he spots Phyllis McGuire (Mary-Louise Parker), lead singer of the McGuire
Sisters trio. The act is cute and wholesome, in a calculated way. Sam is smitten with Phyllis, and the "class" she apparently represents. He begins a boorish wooing p...