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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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Somebody's going to pay ...because he forgot to kill me... See more »


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1.37 : 1
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Bannion's wife Katie is played by Jocelyn Brando, older sister of Marlon Brando. See more »

Goofs

When Glenn Ford is conversing with the commissioner and things get heated, the commissioner asks Ford, "Just what are you inferring?". This is a common mistake, as Glenn Ford was not inferring anything; he was 'implying' - it was the commissioner who was inferring. See more »

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Debby Marsh: [to Bannion] I guess a scar isn't so bad. Not if it's only on one side... I can always go through life sideways.
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Referenced in Made in U.S.A (1966) See more »

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Put the Blame on Mame
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by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
Heard instrumentally during one of the scenes at The Retreat
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GROUNDBREAKING
11 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every character in THE BIG HEAT is fascinating. In fact, the script is so hot, I'd be surprised to see any director mess it up. Nonetheless, Fritz knows where to throw the spice (and the dolly moves). Not to mention, how to employ a younger Lee Marvin, who not only puts out a cigarette on a woman's hand but also dumps scalding hot coffee in her face. No, this ain't your mama's black and white. So grab the remote, a small glass of whiskey, and say with me on three:

Marvin.


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