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    The Big Heat

    A police officer seems to have committed suicide, but Detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) thinks there's more to the story.Ā When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Dave worksĀ outside the law's confines, obsessively search for the truth.
    Duration: 90 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1953
    IMDb: 8.0
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  • Actors of "The Big Heat"

  • Characters of "The Big Heat"

    Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Glenn Ford
    Debby Marsh. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Gloria Grahame
    Katie Bannion. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Jocelyn Brando
    Mike Lagana. Character of The Big Heat
    Vince Stone. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Lee Marvin
    Bertha Duncan. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Jeanette Nolan
    Tierney. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Peter Whitney
    Lt. Ted Wilks. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Willis Bouchey
    Det. Gus Burke. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Robert Burton
    Larry Gordon. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Adam Williams
    Police Commissioner Higgins. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Howard Wendell
    Lucy Chapman. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Dorothy Green
    Doris. Character of The Big Heat
    Played by: Carolyn Jones
  • Directors of "The Big Heat"

    Fritz Lang. Director of The Big Heat
    Fritz Lang
    Birthdate: 5 December 1890, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
  • Creators of "The Big Heat"

    Sydney Boehm. Director of The Big Heat
    Sydney Boehm
    Birthdate: 4 April 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    William P. McGivern. Director of The Big Heat
    William P. McGivern
    Birthdate: 6 December 1918, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "The Big Heat"

    April 09, 2008

    Ford's portrayal of the homicide sergeant is honest and packs much wallop. Lang's direction builds taut suspense, throwing unexpected, and believable, thrills at the audience.

    Chicago Reader
    April 09, 2008

    Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended.

    Time Out
    June 24, 2006

    Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun.

    Chicago Sun-Times
    January 20, 2006

    That's the beauty of Lang's moral ambidexterity. He tells the story of a heroic cop, while using it to mask another story, so much darker, beneath.

    New York Times
    May 20, 2003

    Mr. Lang can direct a film. He has put his mind to it, in this instance, and he has brought forth a hot one with a sting.

    Chicago Tribune
    July 20, 2002

    In many ways, Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, scripted by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm, laid the groundwork not only for "Dirty Harry," but for the whole sub-genre of 'rogue cop' films that began to surface during the Vietnam era.

    Groucho Reviews
    May 22, 2012

    For those who take their film black...Moral rot gets full play in Lang's 1953 police drama. [Blu-ray]
    December 05, 2009

    Fritz Lang, once the master of grand expressionist scenes, directs with a stripped down style and a lean narrative drive...
    July 25, 2009

    Everything about "The Big Heat" is "hard boiled."

    TV Guide
    April 09, 2008

    A scalding face-full of harsh reality, courtesy Fritz Lang.

    April 09, 2008

    Lang presents one of the great works of film noir. The acting is first rate, Boehm's script tough and efficient, and the whole affair is photographed with the appropriate expressionist, chiaroscuro lighting.

    April 08, 2007

    One of Lang's most accomplished and influential noir crimers, with a top-notch turn from Glenn Ford as the avenging cop-angel, a role that Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry) and Charles Bronson (Death Wish) would develop in their 1970s revenge thrillers.

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