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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

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Directed by Otto Preminger
United States, 1955
Drama, Crime
      English
      English, Dutch

Synopsis

When illegal card dealer and recovering heroin addict Frankie gets out of prison, he decides to straighten up. Armed with nothing but an old drum set, Frankie tries to get honest work as a drummer. But Frankie finds it hard to stay clean without succumbing to his old habits.

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Besides making masterpiece after masterpiece, in the 1950s Austrian emigre auteur Otto Preminger was known for pushing the envelope of American censorship. Try this one on for size: Frank Sinatra as a drug addict! Impeccably fluid filmmaking, a legendary performance, and an unforgettable score.

Synopsis

When illegal card dealer and recovering heroin addict Frankie gets out of prison, he decides to straighten up. Armed with nothing but an old drum set, Frankie tries to get honest work as a drummer. But Frankie finds it hard to stay clean without succumbing to his old habits.

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The Man with the Golden ArmDirected byOtto Preminger
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Awards & Festivals

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Academy Awards
1956 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role
BAFTA Awards
1957 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
1955 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Actor

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