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The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  14 October 1953 (USA)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

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Dave Bannion is an upright 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. 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. Written by alfiehitchie

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Executive Producer Jerry Wald hoped to cast either Paul Muni, George Raft or Edward G. Robinson in the lead role. See more »

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In the opening scene, after Duncan shoots himself, his hand and the gun fall to the desk onto an envelope and right next to his badge. When the camera angle changes, only the barrel of the gun is on the envelope, and it's a few inches from the badge. See more »

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Dave Bannion: Do you mind if I walk around your yard? Talk to your men?
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Dave Bannion: You know, I've been meeting your kind every day now for ten years. Scared rabbits who never see a thing. You wouldn't stick ...
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nice attention to detail
24 March 2005 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A violent story about a detective working in a corrupt department who investigates the apparent suicide of a fellow officer. Worth seeing for Glenn Ford's prototypical performance and Gloria Grahme's show stealing portrayal of a boozing moll with a conscience. With facial disfigurement and cigarette burns it took violence up a notch from the standard gun play of the past, making it grimmer and more realistic, and giving the story more punch. Grahme's tough and tender role stands out and gives the film a tragic element, while certain of its portrayals of greed and corruption (namely the dead officer's wife) stand out for their attention to detail. In the end, it IS the details that give this formulaic story its clout, and we can thank director Fritz Lang for that.


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