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The Big Heat

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE BIG HEAT, Fritz Lang's most celebrated American film, is a chilling and violent tale of corruption, vengeance, and loss. Dave Bannion, played by distinguished Film Noir actor Glenn Ford, is an upright but unscrupulous cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie (Gloria Grahame). As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. The violence comes suddenly and unrelentingly, as Lang explodes the stripped down story with economic yet forceful cinematography and editing, and gritty yet emotionally gripping performances from Ford and Grahame.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 06532

  • Credits
    Glenn Ford, Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford, Gloria Grahame, Gloria Hallward, Jocelyn Brando, Lee Marvin, Alexander Scourby, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Among the best movies Fritz Lang made in America after fleeing the Nazis. It's certainly the toughest..."
    USA Today

    "Fritz Lang's thriller stunned America upon release, but even today the coffee-in-phizzog scene still shocks....Brutal."
    Total Film

    5 stars out of 5 -- "THE BIG HEAT has aged best, achieving an emotional force rare in the crime genre, and almost unparalleled in Lang's own oeuvre."

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