A hard cop and a soft dame.
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
Glenn Ford Gloria Grahame Jocelyn Brando Alexander Scourby Lee Marvin Jeanette Nolan Peter Whitney Willis Bouchey Robert Burton Adam Williams Carolyn Jones Howard Wendell Chris Alcaide Michael Granger Dorothy Green Ric Roman Dan Seymour Edith Evanson Harry Lauter Michael Ross Phil Arnold Sidney Clute Michael Jeffers Linda Bennett Charles Cane Byron Kane John Close Phil Chambers John Crawford Show All…
酷热, 伟大的警察, Jeg er loven, Búcsúlevél, De schrik op het lijf, Fukushû wa ore ni makasero, Ta fota esvysan noris, Los sobornados, To megalo ktypima, Tot het bittere einde, Veliko uzbudjenje, Corrupção, I megali kapsa, Els subornats, Lain puolustajat, Bannion, Ölüm Korkusu, Η μεγάλη κάψα
While watching Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, I realized a lot of cool aspects about what makes it such a special film-noir. Glenn Ford is insane as a cop out for revenge. Gloria Grahame is in most ways a femme fatale, yet she's not poison to Glenn Ford. Lee Marvin is running around throwing coffee on dames. Marlon Brando's sister, Jocelyn Brando is the type of girl you marry and wish you could live happily ever after with. Chris Alcaide is a bodyguard / possible boy toy for Alexander Scourby's Lasagna or is it Lagana, and I'm still wondering why he's wearing PJ's and sleeping so close to Lagana? There's these loco WWII vets who are ready to throw down.…
hands down one of the most ruthlessly cruel and violent noirs i've seen. lang conceives the world of crime and corruption as a shadowy infection of pain and mutilation; even the faint glimmers of affection and hope here are severely undermined by the visual spaces they occupy and the larger system we know exists outside the frame.
I feel so bad for the coffee in this movie.
Fritz Lang has done it again. The Big Heat is a thrilling, savage, horrifying, and badass film-noir that will knock your socks off. A typical conclusion weakens the film as a whole, but don't let that put you off. Another example of Lang's indelible mark on cinema.
The men don't do much, and what little they do attempt, they either fail at or leave incomplete. It's the women that set the machine in motion, give it speed and ultimately burn it all down.
Yet the squares think they won.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not having seen this in 20 years, I initially balked at the way the film glosses over the death of Bannion's wife, skipping past any sign of grief or loss to a scene set in the precinct office some time later, post-funeral, with Bannion accepting bland condolences and the plot kicking back into gear with a generic now-it's-personal fillip. Took a while for Ford's extraordinary performance to register, and for me to recognize how inhuman Bannion subsequently becomes; the transformation that takes place at the end, when Bannion tells Debby about his wife, is like watching The Thing change back into Benjamin Grimm. Complete restoration of order in the denouement feels false, though, ending the film on a disappointingly…
The Big Heat is one of the highest peaks of noir cinema and Fritz Lang's best American film. The movie is the emblematic expression of that climate of corruption that had hit the police and judicial apparatus in the early 1950s. An excellent Glenn Ford - here in the most significant role of his career - is a sergeant disgusted by the infiltration of the underworld into police squads, who decides to resigns from the force to investigate on his own the apparent suicide of a colleague. Next to him an extraordinary Gloria Grahame, in the role of the gangster's lover. The Big Heat marks the transition from a cinema in which violence is implicit and implied (as in the…
After 2,908 films I've finally managed to make my way to Fritz Lang's filmography. And whilst this might not be the first film that comes to mind whenever his name is brought up, it's still a great film none the less.
"The Big Heat" is a classic noir film that features all the hallmarks of the genre, whilst receiving the added bonus of Lang's expert craftsmanship.
With that said the best part of this film is the script. The film spends the opening 30 minutes methodically setting up the films plot beats, whilst following the characters daily routines, in particularly that of Sargent Bannion played by Glenn Ford. We see him interacting with his family and colleagues as he begins…
Mean spirited and it just gets viciously darker as the runtime progresses. All timer noir if you ask me... going from ‘why’d this cop kill himself’ to all out revenge noir, absolutely drenched in aesthetic mood and at times almost feeling like a borderline horror movie... complete with Lee Marvin mutilating people. The whole cast is wonderful, especially Gloria Grahame, and Glenn Ford’s powerhouse performance is also an all timer. He’s a fucking freight train in this.
There’s some pretty terrifying stuff here, Lang wasn’t fucking around.
Based on a magazine serial by William P. McGivern, The Big Heat is a monochrome film noir with ethical complexions of grey. Directed by Fritz Lang and starring Gloria Grahame in a notable role as the tragic and suggestive Debby Marsh, the girlfriend of mobster Vince Stone - portrayed in a career breakthrough by Lee Marvin. The narrative has a unique signature of brutal efficiency which characterises a corrupt system hindering the pursuit of justice and is rooted more in political reality than most of Lang’s film noirs, thanks to Sydney Boehm’s powerful script.
Noir is no longer a psychological threat of identity but an entire mechanized system. "Keep the coffee hot, Hugo."
Hey, you know somethin'? You ought to be doin' radio commercials: How to talk a lot and say nothin'.
November 9th, 2014 is the day that Glenn Ford convinced me that he is a dangerous badass. I've seen him play the "every man" plenty of times and sometimes a violent one at that maybe, but here I was convinced he WAS that guy.
There's a scene where Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion (Ford) is threatening an unarmed woman, a widow no less, that he is in fact going to kill her because the result would set in motion events that would bring certain members of the criminal underworld to justice. In any other movie I'd be like yeah, he's…
fuck da pigs
bastante innovadora para lo que es el noir de los años 50, pasan cosas que no he visto en muchas y que la hacen bastante moderna
The Big Heat is labeled as film noir, but it presented itself as something I would call suburban film noir. It was a little heavy on the pretty and too light on the gritty. That being said, The Big Heat was still a fun watch.
Glenn Ford stars in The Big Heat as Detective Dave Bannion. He’s a pretty by-the-book cop working in a city where corruption has been slowly creeping in. Soon enough, he finds himself involved in a case where he is not only facing the corruption from the outside, but from within the police as well.
The Big Heat is entertaining, but I don’t think it broke the mold, even for a film from the 1950s. I…
not me crying!!!
rating: 4.0 / 4.0
Disclaimer: I do not claim to have ownership over or to have written the following review. This review was written by Roger Ebert, where the official online posting of which is linked above
Glenn Ford plays a straight-arrow police detective named Bannion in Fritz Lang's "The Big Heat" (1953) -- unbending, courageous, fearless. He takes on the criminals who control the politics in his town and defeats them. One of his motives is revenge for the murder of his wife, but even before that happens he has an implacable hatred for the gang headed by Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby) and his right-hand man Vince Stone (Lee Marvin). "Thieves," he calls them, preferably to their faces.…
C'est mon premier film de Fritz Lang et quelle maîtrise ! Les moments de tensions marchent et également pour tout ce qui est du suspense et de l'intrigue. Les acteurs sont tous très bons notamment Glenn Ford et Gloria Graham. La scène de la voiture m'a complètement surpris et le fait que ce soit hors champ fait que ça fonctionne mieux. Très bon film noir et j'ai hâte d'explorer un peu plus la filmographie du maître allemand
The winning poker hands framed on Larry Gordon's wall is one of the great smalls bits of characterization in cinema.
Late Lang revisited, worth seeing again.
Du grand cinéma RAS
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