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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 January 1956 (Brazil)
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A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Frankie Machine
Eleanor Parker ... Zosh Machine
Kim Novak ... Molly
Arnold Stang ... Sparrow
Darren McGavin ... Louie
Robert Strauss ... Schwiefka
John Conte John Conte ... Drunky
Doro Merande ... Vi
George E. Stone ... Sam Markette
George Mathews ... Williams
Leonid Kinskey ... Dominiwski
Emile Meyer ... Detective Bednar
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Storyline

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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An "unthinkable" theme See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to screenwriter Walter Newman, Preminger was interested in Montgomery Clift as Frankie Machine, but the actor was either unavailable or uninterested. See more »

Goofs

Zosh's scrapbook is titled "My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidence" (instead of "Accidents"). See more »

Quotes

Frankie Machine: I'm the kind of guy, boy when I move - watch my smoke. But I'm gonna need some good clothes though.
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Real life horror movie
14 September 2000 | by mermattSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man with the Golden Arm See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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