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 <email@example.com>
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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 »
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.
No. I won't let him kill me. No. And I won't run into no grave.
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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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