The Big Heat

1953

Action / Crime / Film-Noir / Thriller

11
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 8 10 19297

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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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Reviewed by krorie 9 / 10

Corruption

Coming full cycle, Hollywood seems to be back on the theme of good cop vs. bad cops controlled by the mob. Recently "16 Blocks" successfully pitted honest Bruce Willis against dishonest city hall. For a time, with "The Big Easy" being an early example, this type movie presented the image of a totally corrupt government from top to bottom with omnipresent mob ties indicating cynical times, even the one good cop being tainted, just not as much as others. "The Big Heat" is a prime example of this type film in the early Cold War period, emphasizing the importance of one good man standing up against all odds, in particular unconcerned citizens who either themselves become tainted or who are simply apathetic as long as they are left alone. "The Big Heat" like "High Noon" showed that the good must take a stand or the entire house will come crumbling down with the rodents taking over.

Glenn Ford was never a versatile actor. In the right role he could carry the load sufficiently to get by. In the wrong role, his acting was amateurish. That he had potential is indicated by his performances in two movies, "Gilda" and "The Big Heat." Arguably, his role as Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion is the better of the two. Perhaps it is the inimitable director Fritz Lang that prods Ford on to realize his true talents. There is no doubt that Ford makes Sgt. Bannion come alive and puts real flesh on his bones. Ford is so good in this film and in "Gilda" that he deserved more recognition than he got from the Hollywood big wigs.

The two shining performances are given by Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin who run away with the show. They provide one of the legendary scenes in film history that just about everyone has either seen or read about, when Vince Stone (Marvin)--note the last name of Stone--pitches a container of boiling coffee into Debby Marsh's (Grahame) face, scarring her for life. Vince Stone's demise is also memorable. The coffee sequence alone is worth the price of admission.

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.

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