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||IMDB Rating: 8.2/10 from 18,418 votes
||Release: 27 June 1957 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
||Director: Alexander Mackendrick,
||Stars: Barbara Nichols, Burt Lancaster, Edith Atwater, Emile Meyer, Jeff Donnell, Joe Frisco, Martin Milner, Sam Levene, Susan Harrison, The Chico Hamilton Quintet, Tony Curtis
||Synopsis: 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. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
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There are three reasons that movie fans should check this film out, if
you haven't seen it yet:
1 - Outstanding dialog. I can't recall a film in which I heard so many
clever film-noir lines as this one. Almost everyone in the movie has a
unique way of expressing their feelings. It makes the movie one that
you want to go back and HEAR again. Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman
wrote the screenplay and deserve special recognition as well as the
2 - Fabulous acting, led by the two male leads: Tony Curtis and Burt
Lancaster. Curtis is the star of the film with many more lines than
anyone else, and many consider this to be his greatest acting
achievement. I have no quarrel with that. It's one of the finest acting
jobs I've ever witnessed by anyone. It's that good.
Lancaster is memorable and plays to his strengths as a tough guy, not
only with his physical presence but his tactless and cutting verbal
assaults. He has the best and most brutal lines in the film.
The minor characters in here, from the cop to the comedian to the
cigarette girl to the young romantic couple are all top-notch.
3 - The cinematography. A big name in the film business, James Wong
Howe, more than lives up to his reputation. This is beautifully
photographed and looks absolutely stunning on DVD. I have watched
hundreds and hundreds of black-and-white films and this ranks with the
best of them. He captured nighttime New York City as well as anybody
ever has done.
"Well," you might ask, "if this movie is so great, why haven't I heard
more about it?"
Maybe because it never did well at the box office. It wasn't promoted a
lot, from what I heard, and the storyline is not a pleasant one.
Basically, this is about two immoral people who smear a nice guy so
that it will ruin the romance between he and Lancaster's sister.
Lancaster plays an absolutely ruthless newspaper columnist who makes
and breaks careers and Curtis plays his slimy press-agent who will do
anything to please his powerful boss, including doing the worst of his
Furrther details of the film can be read by many of the other fine
reviewers here on this website, so no need to go into that.
I am not one who generally likes films that feature mostly nasty people
but this was done so well that it fascinates me every time. A final tip
of the hat to director Alexander Mackendrick. Why he wasn't given more
films to direct is a mystery to me. Highly-recommended.
Tags for Sweet Smell of Success Full Movie
, Burt Lancaster
, Edith Atwater
, Emile Meyer
, Jeff Donnell
, Joe Frisco
, Martin Milner
, Sam Levene
, Susan Harrison
, The Chico Hamilton Quintet
, Tony Curtis
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