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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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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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This is the story of J.J. - But not the way he wants it told! See more »

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Release Date:

4 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dein Schicksal in meiner Hand  »

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Budget:

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

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1.66 : 1
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Gossip columnist Elwell (David White) is also a character in Playhouse 90: The Comedian (1957). Both productions are from material by Ernest Lehman. See more »

Goofs

In first scene in Sidney's office, secretary picks up a stack of magazines and newspapers, that change position and height of stack from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

J.J. Hunsecker: Son, I don't relish shooting a mosquito with an elephant gun, so why don't you just shuffle along?
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The sharpest ever dissection of the lure of fame.
24 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

There are many unbeatable things about this splendid film, but more than anything else there is the dialogue - dialogue as sharp as the suits and as bleak as the slate grey cinematography. Lancaster and Curtis have never been better and the American fim industry never produced a more enjoyably bitter film.


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