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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

 -  Drama  -  16 January 1956 (Brazil)
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Strung-out junkie deals with daily demoralizing drug addiction while crippled wife and card sharks continue to pull him down.

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Zosch Machine
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Sparrow
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Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction. Written by Mike Campanelli <mjc@rubinbaum.com>

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16 January 1956 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre del brazo de oro  »

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The Motion Picture Association of America originally refused to issue a seal for this movie because it shows drug addiction. The next year the production code was changed to allow movies to deal with drugs, kidnapping, abortion and prostitution. The film was eventually assigned certificate no. 17011. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene between Frankie and Zosch the shadow of the camera is frequently visible as it moves around the set. See more »

Quotes

Louie: The monkey is never dead, Dealer. The monkey never dies. When you kick him off, he just hides in a corner, waiting his turn.
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Jazz sequences
Played by Shorty Rogers and His Giants with Shelly Manne
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Real life horror movie
14 September 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Sinatra is thoroughly convincing as the addict in this grim horror story of what life is like for someone who has lost his soul to drugs. This is film noir made even more noir by the drab sets and lighting. We go through the terrifying experience of a man who is trying to escape from the monster he has placed on his own back.

Elmer Bernstein's score is a mixture of jazz and symphony that makes the addict's frightful journey even more believable to the audience.

This film opened the topic of drug addiction the way LOST WEEKEND broached the subject of alcoholism. At least people could talk about these addictions a little more freely.


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