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The Big Heat

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1953
  • Fritz Lang
  • 85 mins
  • X

Summary

Film noir starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin. When tough detective Dave Bannion is assigned to investigate a colleague's suicide, he is sceptical about the reasons given for his death. Forced to work under cover, he discovers the existence of a suicide note that implicates a brutal Mob boss.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Glenn Ford crusades against Mob-led civic corruption and hunts for vengeance in this classic film noir from director Fritz Lang. Its most famous scene, when moll Gloria Grahame is scalded by hot coffee hurled by crook Lee Marvin, was trimmed by the censors before the movie could be released in Britain with an X certificate. Now fully restored, it's tame by today's standards, but still packs a punch. Ford is excellent as the cop with a mission - his character was based on the investigators who uncovered the bile in US cities during the televised 1950s Estes Kefauver Senate inquiry - and Lang gives the vicious exposé a sleek and glossy surface.

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Credits

Cast

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Dave BannionGlenn Ford
Debby MarshGloria Grahame
Katie BannionJocelyn Brando
Mike LaganaAlexander Scourby
Vince StoneLee Marvin
Bertha DuncanJeanette Nolan
TierneyPeter Whitney
Lt WilkesWillis Bouchey
Gus BurkeRobert Burton
Larry GordonAdam Williams

Crew

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DirectorFritz Lang

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Released on
2017-11-24
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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