Horrible Movie! All the actors were not their best. Everybody is selfish and controlling! Would NEVER watch again!
Surprisingly fresh and direct movie. Great dialogue and acting. As true today as it ever was.
Careful - plot spoiler in one of the comments below.
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.
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. Burt Lancaster is superb as J. J. Hunsecker, a despotic Broadway columnist whose fame has led him to believe that he is above such trivialities as morality and ethics; even politicians and the police are at his beck and call. Circling him like a faithful lapdog is press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis, equally brilliant) a fawning sycophant who will do anything in order to get his clients a favorable mention in J. J.’s column, even agreeing to sabotage the budding romance between Hunsecker’s sister Susan and Steve Dallas, a promising young musician whom J. J. views as an unwelcome rival (his brotherly concern hints at something far more grotesque). As Steve’s reputation is suddenly targeted by a newspaper smear campaign Susan begins to suspect the truth, but years of conditioning have left her unable to stand up to her brutally overbearing brother. With Hunsecker desperately trying to maintain control and Susan experiencing the first stirrings of rebellion, the stage is set for one final confrontation... 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.
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.
J.J. Hunsecker (holding an unlit cigarette): "Match me, Sidney."
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