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Sweet Smell of Success


Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner


Alexander Mackendrick (Director), Clifford Odets (Screenplay), Ernest Lehman (Screenplay) View All

Released: June 27th, 1957
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan (Susan Harrison), who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Marty Milner). Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

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In 2016 it might come off as a little dated and/or cliche, but I think it still packs quite the wallop.
Citizen Rules
The dialogue snaps and sparkles with clever-tudes. Every word spoken either drives the plot forward or expands the characters and their story to us. The dialogue is fast paced, yet nothing is superfluous.
Because of this, Falco starts losing the trust of his clients and he understands that he has to fulfill Hunsecker's will, if he wants to accomplish his ambition to become a real big shot himself one day.
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