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      The Big Heat

      Released Oct 14, 1953 1h 30m Crime Drama List
      94% Tomatometer 70 Reviews 90% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A police officer seems to have committed suicide, but Detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) thinks there's more to the story. After talking to the man's mob-connected mistress, Bannion discovers far-reaching corruption that leads all the way from the police station to kingpin Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby). But when the policeman's lover is killed, it becomes clear that crossing Lagana is a dangerous thing to do. Soon Bannion finds himself marked for death and his family in mortal danger. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Presented with stark power by director Fritz Lang, The Big Heat is a delightfully grim noir that peers into the heart of darkness without blinking.

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      Lindsay Anderson Sight & Sound Above all, it is directed with a dramatic incisiveness, a sharp-edged observation that keeps the pitch of interest and excitement continuously high. Apr 11, 2024 Full Review Helen Bower Detroit Free Press It has the kind of socko that will lies behind a good many small items in the newspapers and behind the big stories that make the evil deeds of the Medicis amateurish and simple in comparison. Apr 11, 2024 Full Review Mildred Martin Philadelphia Inquirer Ford has seldom been seen to better advantage than as Bannion... Miss Grahame adds another fine performance to those that already stand to her credit; while Scourby, Marvin and Adam Williams create genuinely terrifying portraits of beasts of prey. Apr 11, 2024 Full Review P.S. Harrison Harrison's Reports One of the best produced crime melodramas to have come out of Hollywood in some time. It is taut and exciting, and the direction and acting are so skillful that one is made to feel as if present at a real-life occurrence. Apr 11, 2024 Full Review M. Oakley Christoph Hartford Courant [The Big Heat] has Gloria Grahame in so amazing a performance as a gun moll that if you miss going down to see her, boy, oh boy, you are cheating yourself. Apr 11, 2024 Full Review Manny Farber The Nation The characters seem to be wrapped thinly around steaming amounts of vengeance, avarice, or cruelty, but Marvin and Ford make it a well-acted movie that offers interesting impressions of how a practical-minded American male operates in crises Apr 11, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jack V Solid noir, but it could've been a lot better and more suspenseful. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/02/24 Full Review Alexander B Very good for the time it came out. If you like classic noir this is a must. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Mark A One of the great ones! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review Heironymus B On first viewing, I never expected this 1950s noir thriller to be so tough and brutal! Absolutely fantastic! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/21/22 Full Review Ed M Really fun crime noir. Glenn Ford is better than I thought. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/20/22 Full Review scott m Gloria Grahame, Glen Ford, and Lee Marvin are excellent in this movie. Very well made by Fritz Lang. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A police officer seems to have committed suicide, but Detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) thinks there's more to the story. After talking to the man's mob-connected mistress, Bannion discovers far-reaching corruption that leads all the way from the police station to kingpin Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby). But when the policeman's lover is killed, it becomes clear that crossing Lagana is a dangerous thing to do. Soon Bannion finds himself marked for death and his family in mortal danger.
      Director
      Fritz Lang
      Producer
      Robert Arthur
      Screenwriter
      William P. McGivern
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 14, 1953, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 25, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm, Flat (1.37:1)
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