The Man with the Golden Arm
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker & Kim Novak|
|Performer:||Darren McGavin, Robert Strauss, Arnold Stang, George Mathews & John Conte|
|Directed by||Otto Preminger|
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Screenwriting by||Walter Newman|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cinematography by||Sam Leavitt|
|Story by||Nelson Algren|
|Produced by||Otto Preminger|
...Still a riveting depiction of the lower depths, with Frank Sinatra giving a surprisingly sensitive and detailed performance... -- Rating: A-
3.5 stars out of 4 -- Its scenes of cold-turkey withdrawal solidified Frank Sinatra's rep as an actor and boosted the career of his raw young costar...
Rating: C+ -- It's a film that had a monkey on its back. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
There are some great scenes, though, notably Sinatra's audition for a make-or-break drumming job, and the later scene where he suffers cold turkey in Novak's apartment. Full Review
The film is a pretty good picture show, as we used to say, but anyone who has read Nelson Algren's wonderfully poetic novel is likely to make invidious comparisons and be otherwise distracted. Full Review
The New Republic
Preminger defied the contemporary trend toward location shooting by photographing almost all of GOLDEN ARM on a claustrophobic New York street set built on an RKO soundstage, a defiantly expressionistic approach that Preminger would return to and amplify with his brilliant PORGY AND BESS.
New York Times
Rating: 4.5/5 -- The film's reputation hasn't endured like some other mid-century depictions of addiction, like The Lost Weekend. But it's a terrific look at descent and despair, the sort of movie that can end on a sour note but still seem hopeful. Full Review
This powerful drama, which broached the subject of drug addiction in a stark and realistic manner, may be mild by today's standards, but was a groundbreaking and edgy film in its day. The legendary Frank Sinatra plays addict, Frankie Machine, with Eleanor Parker playing his disabled wife. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren. MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM received three Academy Award Nominations, including Best Actor for Frank Sinatra.
After six months of drug rehab, Frankie Machine returns to the seedy Chicago joints where he began and succumbs once more to the dark addictions of professional poker, and -- even more dangerously -- heroin.
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