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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 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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The movie's poster was listed as #14 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere. See more »

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When Zosh runs out onto the back beck of the apartment, she stops by a post to make her last stand. She blows her whistle and falls backward and to her right, and no post can be seen. When the scene cuts to her falling, she's now in the middle of railing with the post nowhere near her. See more »

Quotes

Molly: What do you think you'll find just outside that door? Dontcha think the pusher knows what ya are and what ya need? Just to get through that next hour? Don't you know he's just waitin' for ya to come and get it? Go on, let him kill ya. Let him kill ya. It'll be quicker and better than doing it your way.
Frankie Machine: No. I won't let him kill me. No. And I won't run into no grave.
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A film about moving on.
14 September 2004 | by bennygillespieSee all my reviews

I loved that this movie takes place on an imaginary block of an imaginary city. You could say the streets represents a state of mind just like the title of

Chinatown did two decades later. Here degeneracy and addiction are the

norm. This place sucks you in and wont let go. It's here that Sinatra must face his demons when he returns home after getting clean at a rehab clinic. The film ends up being just as much about moving on from the past as it does about drug addiction.

Sinatra's junky is a bit amorphous, we never really learn whether he grew up here or what led him to his addictions. However, the story is strong and told with a nice brisk pace. There are some real memorable moments (the Gambling

sequence, Frankie coming off smack, etc). Preminger's direction is great, some subtle camera work adds a lot to a number of scenes. Elmer Berstein's score

and Saul Bass' titles perfectly set the mood. Overall, an endearing film you should check out.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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