The Big Heat


Action / Crime / Film-Noir / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 8 10 18831


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Lee Marvin as Vince Stone
Gloria Grahame as Debby Marsh
Glenn Ford as Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion
Jeanette Nolan as Bertha Duncan
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647.72 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 29 min
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1hr 29 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ian 8 / 10

Bold and Crackling Dialog

(Flash Review)

How intensely would you fight back against a tragic injustice done in your life? In this Film Noir, Dave Bannion, an FBI agent investigating the apparent suicide of another agent, is getting too close to finding the truth behind it. Hence, personal tragedy strikes and he won't stop until he gets justice. Bannion won't take no for an answer nor will he back down from anyone. How far will he be able to dig and how many people will he shake down to uncover the tangled web of shady characters? This film clips along at a brisk pace with snappy and raw dialog that'll make you grin. Mediocre cinematography (I expected better as this is a Lang film) yet nice crisp black and whites. This was very engrossing and a highly enjoyable watch.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 10 / 10

Looks good all the time

You really can't fault this, one of Fritz Lang's very best US films. From the startling and surprising opening until the very end with a balcony shoot out, this classic noir moves steadily and ruthlessly onward. Glenn Ford is really good, being likable, loving and deadly. Similarly the wonderful Gloria Grahame endears one from her initial coquettish appearance through her impersonations and obvious disdain for the big boss until her final scenes with only half a face. Lee Marvin is also fine, maybe a little overdone now and again but again a likable performance in a most unlikeable role. Surprisingly violent, actually, in a close up, arm twisting, hot coffee throwing sort of way. Nastiness is the name of the game here as big influential folk pi** on everyone else. In typical noir fashion its all against one (or two) but there is barely a pause for reflection here, just a spot of domesticity, and even that is there for a very big reason.Even the seeming quieter moments, in the bar, o the telephone, putting a child to bed, all have plenty going on to keep one fully alert for the eventual denouement. Looks good all the time (especially on Blu-ray) with sparkling b/w shadow and highlight and an absolute treat.

Reviewed by Lupercali 8 / 10

Taut, gripping, vintage cop thriller

It's doubtful that even Dirty Harry in his most menacing moments could match the smouldering rage that Glenn Ford brings to the screen in this excellent 1953 Fritz Lang flick. From a modern POV there is nothing unfamiliar here, except maybe the dated hardboiled lingo. The maverick cop, the revenge theme, the underworld characters and heroines. It's just that whereas a modern director would make this into a predictable two hour yawn-fest with slow-motion car accidents and ten minute shootouts with shoulder-launched missiles, Lang's movie clocks in at under 90 minutes, and there isn't an ounce of fat on it. It's lean, fast-moving and engrossing. Not a single camera shot is wasted or unnecessary. The script crackles, the cast is uniformly excellent, and Ford and Lee Marvin in particular are unforgettably intense. Ford, just when he's about to go way over the top, reins himself in, adding to the aura of barely suppressed violence in his character.

The movie can also lurch from plot exposition to sudden, economical and unexpected explosions of violence which can still shock today and must have been extremely confronting fifty years ago. And from there it can become suddenly, unexpectedly sensitive and moving.

Nothing is wasted in this movie. Everything is nailed down just right. It's not that they don't make them like this any more; it's more that they've been making them like this ever since, and generally to lesser and lesser effect.

A strong 8 out of 10.

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