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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Tony Curtis
Susan Harrison
Marty Milner
Directors
Alexander Mackendrick
Screenwriters
Ernest Lehman
Running Time
96 minutes

Sweet Smell of Success
Alexander Mackendrick's 1957 hymn to Manhattan sleaze is a cast iron classic.


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Sweet Smell of Success

Plot
Broadway. All powerful journalist J.J. Hunsecker has cut press agent Sidney Falco out of his column after Sidney has failed to break up a relationship between J.J.'s beloved sister and a musician. Luckily, Sidney has a plan; a plan involving blackmail.


Verdict
With some of the sharpest dialogue ever cut in Hollywood, only on the most superficial level is this a movie about gossip and publicity. We're talking show business. We're talking America. We're talking cast-iron classic.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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