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The Big Shot
Duke Berne, former big shot but now a three-time loser, fears returning to crime because a fourth conviction will mean a life sentence. Finally, haunted by his past and goaded by his cohorts, he joins in planning an armoured car robbery.
I don't know why but I was expecting something of a comical crime caper when I sat down to watch this, but instead I was pleasantly surprised by getting treated to a grim noir. It's hard to put the finger on why some films click and others don't but this one did it for me. Maybe it's because it has many of the ingredients that I expect and like in a noir. The cynical, bordering to nihilistic, leading character (Bogart in a great performance), the classy dame (Irene Manning), the caper that goes wrong, the goons, the corruption, the filth. It's all here and it's presented in a fast pace with swift cutting and low, interesting camera angles. An unsung noir gem.
- The Village
- The House of the Devil
- I'm Still Here
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
- The Maltese Falcon
- In a Lonely Place
- The Big Sleep
A ranked list of every film I have seen in which Humphrey Bogart appears..
- Europa Report
- Saints and Soldiers
- Paradise Now
- Married Life
TRT of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch for them.