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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


Written by (View all)
Clifford Odets Clifford Odets
(screenplay) and
Ernest Lehman Ernest Lehman
(screenplay)


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A classic

13 years, 4 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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4 years 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

Fantastic

1 year, 10 months ago at Jul 29 22:35
Sweet Smell of Success is a fantastic film that deserves every ounce of praise it's gotten and more. And as much as I did like The Big Knife from two years earlier, with Jack Palance, which also had writing by Clifford Odets, Sweet Smell of Success was a far better and more consistent film.There are so many things that are done so wonderfully in Sweet Smell of Success that it is hard to decide whe... 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), 1957 (8), Nightclub (7), Musician (6), Thriller (5), Blackmail (5), Incest (5), Psychopath (5), Journalist (5), Based On Novel (4), Restaurant (4), Engagement (4), Jazz (3), Usa (3), Journalism (3), Suicide Attempt (3), Marijuana (3), Beautiful Woman (3)
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“Sweet Smell of Success is a fantastic film that deserves every ounce of praise it's gotten and more. And as much as I did like The Big Knife from two years earlier, with Jack Palance, which also had writing by Clifford Odets, Sweet Smell of Success was a far better and more consistent film.There are so many things that are done so wonderfully in Sweet Smell of Success that it is hard to decide where to start praising it. It is a very accomplished looking film, with atmospheric lighting and elegant-looking costuming and settings. Elmer Bernstein's jazzy music score is both electrifyingly characterful and hauntingly powerful, matching the atmosphere brilliantly and enhancing even more effectively. The story is ceaselessly compelling, with the gritty realism of it being so ahead of its time(i” read more

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flyflyfly posted a review 4 years ago

“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 cynicism and sardonicism, with every frame exuding rancour, vitriol and scorn for the characters and their indefensible actions. Mackendrick presents us with repellent characters and situations without gangsters, molls or murders, and heightened considerably by James Wong Howe's superbly off-kilter cinematography, this conversion of antediluvian noir themes in a dramatic context yields results. "” read more

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