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 2 wins & 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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In a conversation with Robert Osborne, Frank Sinatra Jr. said the hands in the tight shots of Frankie's second dealing belong to Milton Berle. See more »

Goofs

A heroin addict is shown in jail going through withdrawals. Nirnalmy, the first thing which occurs are physical symptoms, like vomiting, running a high fever, cold sweats, etc. This man grabs the jail cell bars an screams " I need a fix!" over and over. This is completely not authentic. So bad, it is like a cartoon. See more »

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Frankie Machine: There was a forty pound monkey on my back.
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Featured in Teknolust (2002) See more »

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Solid Drama, & An Acting Triumph For Sinatra
17 December 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

A solid drama to begin with, "The Man With the Golden Arm" is particularly worthwhile for Frank Sinatra's performance as Frankie Machine. The movie was well-conceived, and it would probably have been worth seeing with any decent lead, but Sinatra makes it even better. The story is interesting and at times compelling, as Frankie struggles against himself and his circumstances.

The story is told from the viewpoint of its era, yet the basic elements are timeless enough that the story still holds up very well. The details of Frankie's situation are less important than the general themes of him battling his own desires while also contending against "friends" who simply want to use him for their own purposes.

Sinatra was good at this kind of role, as a character with his own inner demons who must also face hostile surroundings. He channels his nervous energy into expressions and gestures that convey well what is going on inside him. The actor Sinatra deserves to be remembered for roles like this one and his roles in "The Manchurian Candidate" and "From Here to Eternity", rather than for the insubstantial 'Rat Pack' features.

The supporting cast have simpler roles, but they do their jobs satisfactorily. The story moves at a good pace, and it is complemented by an Elmer Bernstein score which, though sometimes jarring, is appropriate. The combination works well as a whole.


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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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Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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