Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

DVD - 2001
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A ruthless journalist (Lancaster) and an unscrupulous press agent (Curtis) will do anything to achieve success.

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List - Classic Film Noir
SLPL_Studio Dec 09, 2016

This witty thriller shot on location in New York City stars Tony Curtis as a media agent attempting to navigate the corrupt world of publicity.


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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Dec 09, 2015

Horrible Movie! All the actors were not their best. Everybody is selfish and controlling! Would NEVER watch again!

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shannondore
Oct 05, 2015

Surprisingly fresh and direct movie. Great dialogue and acting. As true today as it ever was.

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klemens82
Mar 21, 2015

Careful - plot spoiler in one of the comments below.

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Monolith
Mar 20, 2015

A powerful screenplay from Ernest Lehman based on gossip columnist Walter Winchell, packed with vitriolic dialogue. Interesting that's it's categorized as a film noir. Lancaster and Curtis were superb.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

In today’s age of tabloid gossip and paparazzi muckraking Alexander Mackendrick’s darkly cynical look at the corrupting power of celebrity is perhaps more relevant now than it ever was. A contemporary tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, "Sweet Smell of Success" pits tyranny against naïve innocence in a world awash with noir archetypes, glittering neon, and garbage strewn streets. Its crisp B&W cinematography captures a cold and heartless city while a cruel script is rife with barbs and hidden knives. But ironically the film’s most piteous victim is Sidney Falco, an everyman whose hunger for fame and fortune have led him down a very dark path indeed. Watching him stare with a mixture of apathy and horror as the last pieces of his soul are devoured is truly chilling. An American masterpiece.

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akirakato
Sep 13, 2014

This is a 1957 American film noir/drama directed by Alexander Mackendrick.
The film tells the story of powerful newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker, who is portrayed by Lancaster and clearly based on Walter Winchell.
The columnist uses his connections to ruin his sister's relationship with a man he deems inappropriate.
Although this film is supposed to have greatly improved in stature over the years, I still think that it has little story.
Actually it makes me boring to hell.

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Mar 20, 2015

J.J. Hunsecker (holding an unlit cigarette): "Match me, Sidney."

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