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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. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Dave works outside the law's confines, obsessively search for the truth.
    Duration: 90 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1953
    IMDb: 8
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  • Actors of "The Big Heat"

  • Characters of "The Big Heat"

  • 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"

    Variety

    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]

    Seanax.com

    December 05, 2009

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

    ColeSmithey.com

    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.

    Film4

    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.

    EmanuelLevy.Com

    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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