- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 19, 2001
- Originally Released: 1957
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I love this dirty town."
- Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) to Falco (Tony Curtis)
"Sidney, conjugate me a verb; for instance--to promise. You promised to break up that romance."
- Hunsecker to Falco
"The cat's in the bag, and the bag's in the river."
- Falco to Hunsecker
"What does this mean, integrity'"--Hunsecker to Falco
"A pocketful of firecrackers waiting for a match."
"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic."
- Hunsecker to Falco
"Maybe I left my sense of humor in my other suit."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/12/1997
"...The film lives on -- sharp-edged, merciless. The performances of Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis have not dated or grown soft..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"[T]he movie gave off a new, cynical metropolitan attitude, with more twists than a barrel of pretzels."
A.V. Club - 02/23/2011
"Even now, more than 50 years after the movie was released, it feels like everyone involved with it was getting away with something." -- Grade: A
In SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, an all-powerful columnist and an opportunistic press agent clash in a struggle for power.
Film Noir |
Personal Triumph |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: June 27, 1957.
- Filmed on location in New York City.
- SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
- Burt Lancaster was one of the first film actors to become an independent producer; in 1948 he formed the company Hill, Hecht & Lancaster with his agent Harold Hecht and producer James Hill. Lancaster's company produced SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.
- Ernest Lehman based the character J.J. Hunsecker on real-life celebrity gossip columnist Walter Winchell. In 1998, a biopic about the writer, WINCHELL, aired on television.
- In 2001, Lehman received the first honorary Academy Award ever presented to a screenwriter. He told the New York Times that upon hearing the news, "I was stunned. What great, exciting news!"
- SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS was based on Lehman's novella TELL ME ABOUT IT TOMORROW. He got sick while writing the screenplay adaptation, so Clifford Odets was called in to finish it.
- For Tony Curtis, the part of Sidney Falco was a breakout dramatic role--in his prior film work, he had been typecast either as juvenile delinquents or swashbuckling heroes.
- The character Steve Dallas (Martin Milner) plays with real-life jazz musicians of the Chico Hamilton Quintet, who wrote and performed the film's songs.