The Man with the Golden Arm
Drummer Frankie Machine is out of detox and eager to get on with a big band career. He’s sure he’s kicked his habit. But the habit kicks back. In The Man with the Golden Arm, Frank Sinatra gives a piercing, Academy AwardÒ-nominated* portrayal many call his best. (The film’s art direction and Elmer Bernstein’s smoky jazz score also earned OscarÒ nominations.) Pioneering moviemaker Otto Preminger directs this landmark that first defied Production Code taboos against on-screen depictions of drug abuse. A Hatful of Rain, The Panic in Needle Park, Clean and Sober, Drugstore Cowboy, Rush and Blow would offer later portraits of narcotic terror. But it all started with this harowing, grown-up film.