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The Big Heat (1953)

Approved  |   |  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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Lee Marvin first sees Glenn Ford face to face, the music in the background is "Put the Blame on Mame," a reference to Ford's performance in Gilda (1946). See more »

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The street address for the junk yard on Bannyon's list is "101", yet the number "1024" is seen on a large sign over the yard's shed. See more »

Quotes

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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Put the Blame on Mame
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GROUNDBREAKING
11 November 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – 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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