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Sex & Nudity

  • None. No sex or nudity.
  • There is a kiss between a husband and his wife.

Violence & Gore

  • The Big Heat is more violent than other films made during its time.
  • The film opens with the suicide of a policeman. He shoots himself (offscreen), but no blood is shown.
  • A scarred woman shoots another woman.
  • A woman shows the scars she received on her face to another man.
  • A man shoots a woman down.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes are in cocktail lounges where people freely drink alcohol.
  • A man orders a beer at a bar booth. A woman asks for a brandy from a bartender.
  • A man offers a woman a shot of whisky. They both drink.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film is not recommended for children.
  • An angry man hurts a woman's hand when she rolls the dice incorrectly in a bar.
  • A man throws hot coffee in the face of a young lady, scalding her face badly.
  • A woman throws a pot of hot coffee into the face of a man, hurting him badly.
  • A man shoots a woman.
  • A man chokes a woman against a fireplace mantel.
  • A man has a fist fight with a body guard.


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Violence & Gore

  • A man throws a pot of hot coffee in a woman's face. Later in the movie, she throws a pot of hot coffee in that same man's face. His face is bloody and injured especially after a fist fight with another man.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man hears a large explosion and runs outside his home to see his automobile in flames in the driveway. His wife is inside the locked car in the drivers seat, at first he can not gain entry but finally opens the wing window to unlock the door and remove the lifeless body of his wife.

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