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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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Starring (View all)
Burt Lancaster Burt Lancaster
J.J. Hunsecker
Tony Curtis Tony Curtis
Sidney Falco
Susan Harrison Susan Harrison
Susan Hunsecker
Martin Milner Martin Milner
Steve Dallas
Jeff Donnell Jeff Donnell
Sally
Sam Levene Sam Levene
Frank D' Angelo
Joe Frisco Joe Frisco
Herbie Temple


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Clifford Odets Clifford Odets
(screenplay) and
Ernest Lehman Ernest Lehman
(screenplay)


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A classic

10 years, 3 months ago at Feb 1 8:13
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since it had a solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. At least, the title sounded really neat. I have to confess, I had no idea what the whole thing was actually about and the beginning was quite confusing, at least, to me.  Furthermore, it took a while to take off. Still, it was definitely worth the wait after all. Indeed, I really... read more

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11 months ago at Jun 16 8:02
Lurid, sleazy and venal, "Sweet Smell of Success" fits the criteria for film noir and then some. Journalism is the source of shady dealings and machinations here, with not a single character within that field shown as being either worthy of praise or beyond reproach. Alexander Mackendrick unveils the New York press elite without averting from their reprehensibility, ensuring that his film pervades... read more
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J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible.
Release date: 4 July 1957
UPC: 027616862969
Tags: Film Noir (14), 1950s (9), Drama (8), Nightclub (7), 1957 (7), Musician (6), Thriller (5), Blackmail (5), Incest (5), Psychopath (5), Journalist (5), Usa (4), Based On Novel (4), Restaurant (4), Engagement (4), Jazz (3), Journalism (3), Suicide Attempt (3), Marijuana (3), Beautiful Woman (3)
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