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The Smell of Success (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 January 2009 (USA)
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A comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America.

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Michael Polish (as Larry Smith)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Patrick
Téa Leoni ... Rosemary Rose
Mark Polish ... Thaddeus Young
Ed Helms ... Chet Pigford
Kyle MacLachlan ... Jimmy St. James
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Cleveland Clod
Frances Conroy ... Agnes May
Jon Gries ... Early Dunchamp
Richard Edson ... Nelly the Nose
D.W. Moffett ... Agent Chestnut
Scott Michael Campbell ... Mr. Diehl
Patrick Bauchau ... Mr. Rose
Aria Alpert Adjani ... Mrs. Smith (as Aria Alpert)
David A. Cooper ... Miracle Worker #1
Erin O'Shaughnessy ... Mrs. Diehl
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Storyline

When a tragic accident ends the life of Mr. Rose, the genius behind Rose's Manure Company, the livelihood of its loyal fleet of salesmen threatens to go, as they say, into the toilet. Enter estranged daughter Rosemary, a high-class- cosmetics salesgirl, who steps in to take control. She is not sure she has a nose for the family business, but she is determined to make foul into profit. Little does she know that a ruthless, slick-talking fertilizer rep is plotting a takeover. Whether she likes it or not, she must trust her top salesman, Patrick Fitzpatrick, to devise a plan to regain Rose's rightful position on top of the heap. Written by S. Dance

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Don't Hold Your Breath!

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and a drug situation | See all certifications »
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[first lines]
Agent Chestnut: [switches on recorder] Agent Chestnut, Federal Trade Commission interview. Please state your full name.
Patrick: Patrick Fitzpatrick.
Agent Chestnut: Mr. Fitzpatrick, were you aware of the financial difficulties at Rose's manure?
Patrick: No.
Agent Chestnut: Really? Because by all accounts and sales records, Mr. Rose considered *you* his Number 2. And you want me to believe Mr. Rose never mentioned it?
Patrick: Never.
Agent Chestnut: Well, you will not be allowed to operate or sell anything until I have competed my investigation.
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Soundtracks

Cheatin' On Me Baby
Written by L. Stuart
Performed by The Ramblers
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Another digital-acquisition failure
12 July 2011 | by trewrtewSee all my reviews

As soon as I saw the start of this film I asked myself, "Why the sepia tones?" Later, I asked, "Is this a play? Finally, when unsure of the answers to either question, I turned to IMDb. Oh, I see! It's shot on digital! Now, the RED camera is capable of super-realistic colour reproduction. On the other hand, RED format can sometimes even pass off masquerade as film - for a while. Given time, we audiences will possibly come to accept its particular look as being worthy of filmic drama. But not yet. Until that day, those film-makers who are unsure of their screenplay, talent or the financial certainty of their venture are likely to seek the cost-savings which digital acquisition can offer.

One day too, some brave cinematographer will use the RED's hyper-colour potential, starting an exciting, new genre. Until then, cut-cost producers will try vainly to disguise RED's inability to actually look like film. Usually these DOPs rely upon under-exposing and heavily back-lighting their scenes, with often a touch of rim-lighting to dazzle and sparkle. It's sort of like every lady's best trick: the little black cocktail dress. -But all day? Every day??

With The Smell of Success, the producers have gone all the way and hidden the colour altogether. It's sepia! only the faintest hint of skin-tones. We are treaated to yellow skies, hospital doctors in beige lab-coats, beige teeth and lots of brown. I'm afraid the whole film reminds me of the nicotene-stained Czechoslovakian cafes of the Soviet days. An aesthetic mistake. Bad taste. Please take the whole thing back to the colourists and undo that last, desperate decision they made in an attempt to save a picture they had no confidence in: Lose the sepia. Re-release the original, un-colourised film. If we want modified colours we can probably tweak the settings ourselves.


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$9,600,000 (estimated)
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