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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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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

7 years, 9 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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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), 1957 (8), Drama (8), Nightclub (7), Musician (6), Incest (5), Blackmail (5), Journalist (5), Psychopath (5), Thriller (5), Usa (4), Engagement (4), Based On Novel (4), Restaurant (4), Journalism (3), Marijuana (3), Suicide Attempt (3), Jazz (3), Orchestral Music Score (3)
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