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The Smell of Success (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 January 2009 (USA)
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A comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America.


(as Larry Smith)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cleveland Clod
Agnes May
Nelly the Nose
Mr. Diehl
Mr. Rose
Mrs. Smith (as Aria Alpert)
Miracle Worker #1
Mrs. Diehl


When a tragic accident ends the life of Mr. Rose, the genius behind Rose's Manure Company, the livelihood of its loyal fleet of salesmen threatens to go, as they say, into the toilet. Enter estranged daughter Rosemary, a high-class- cosmetics salesgirl, who steps in to take control. She is not sure she has a nose for the family business, but she is determined to make foul into profit. Little does she know that a ruthless, slick-talking fertilizer rep is plotting a takeover. Whether she likes it or not, she must trust her top salesman, Patrick Fitzpatrick, to devise a plan to regain Rose's rightful position on top of the heap. Written by S. Dance

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Don't Hold Your Breath!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and a drug situation | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

20 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manure  »


Box Office


$9,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Agent Chestnut: [switches on recorder] Agent Chestnut, Federal Trade Commission interview. Please state your full name.
Patrick: Patrick Fitzpatrick.
Agent Chestnut: Mr. Fitzpatrick, were you aware of the financial difficulties at Rose's manure?
Patrick: No.
Agent Chestnut: Really? Because by all accounts and sales records, Mr. Rose considered *you* his Number 2. And you want me to believe Mr. Rose never mentioned it?
Patrick: Never.
Agent Chestnut: Well, you will not be allowed to operate or sell anything until I have competed my investigation.
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Tu n'y es pour rien
Music by Jean Custeau
Lyrics by Johanne Rondeau
Performed by Sylvie Royer
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simple joke
23 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

or a game. adventure. dark comedy. parody of few genres. or, simple, entertainment. it seems be strange to define this crazy story who could remind many similar others but who has the virtue to be a charming and not comfortable ironic view about the different aspects of business world. it has influences from the French comedy and crumbs from teenager games. it is occasion for each actor to give memorable characters and to remind the crazy pleasure of to be out of ordinary expectation. result, a nice, chaotic story. good actors in not the most convincing roles-Tea Leoni is the name who remains long time after the final credits in memory for the inspired manner to solve the challenge of her character - . and a good job.

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