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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 4 July 1957 (USA)
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Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... J.J. Hunsecker
... Sidney Falco
... Susan Hunsecker
... Steve Dallas (as Marty Milner)
... Sally
... Frank D' Angelo
... Herbie Temple
... Rita
... Lt. Harry Kello
... Mary
The Chico Hamilton Quintet ... The Chico Hamilton Quintet
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Storyline

J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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The almighty J.J. ...the columnist with sixty million believers ...his wrath is feared by the great and near great who worship the sweet smell of success! See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Release Date:

4 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dein Schicksal in meiner Hand  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the first few minutes of the film, Falco grabs a newspaper, and steps into a snack bar. The clerk working behind the counter is played by John Fiedler (uncredited). Fiedler went to several roles in film and on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

The look of Susan's hair changes noticeably during closeup scenes between her and J.J. as she is preparing to leave the apartment near the very end of the movie. There is a closeup of Susan near the door, then of J.J., then back to Susan. In that last closeup of her, both the volume and how her hair lies has changed so noticeably that the two shots must have been done at different times. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Falco: You're walking around blind, Frank, without a cane.
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Referenced in Are You Being Served?: The Sweet Smell of Success (1983) See more »

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Gripping and powerful, amazing cast and dialog
30 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film really brings an air of nostalgia when you compare it to current productions. There are no special effects or noisy music, but nevertheless you are riveted to your chair form beginning to end thanks to a wonderful cast, dialogue, direction and very nice Jazz music. Burt Lancaster gives again an unbelievable performance and Tony Curtis is perfect in the role of the ambitious small time thug that cannot get rid of his own contradictions. I only wish the studios would stop focusing on the teen market today and get inspired by films like this one.


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