The Smell of Success

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The Smell of Success
Directed by Michael Polish
Written by Mark Polish
Michael Polish
Starring Billy Bob Thornton
Téa Leoni
Ed Helms
Kyle MacLachlan
Distributed by Cinedigm
Release date
  • January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • August 19, 2011 (2011-08-19) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Smell of Success is an Initiate Productions film directed by Michael Polish, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Téa Leoni, Kyle MacLachlan, and Ed Helms. The film’s original title was Manure.[1][2]


It all begins when a tragic fan accident ends the life of Mr. Roses, the scientific genius behind Roses Manure Company, forcing his cosmetics salesgirl daughter Rosemary (Téa Leoni) to take control of the company. Rosemary isn’t sure if she has a nose for the family business, but when she discovers the company is about to go under, she is determined to find a way to keep the company successful. She’s going to need the help of her father’s best salesmen led by Patrick Fitzpatrick (Billy Bob Thornton).



The Smell of Success was filmed on location in Santa Clarita, California.[citation needed]


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