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Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this ... See full summary »

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Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this screen adaptation of a Clifford Odets play, Castle is pressured by his studio boss and manipulated into a potentially murderous cover-up to protect his career. An indictment of the amoral world of 50's Hollywood and its corrosive effect upon the artist. Written by Thomas Robbin

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A journey to the dark heart of Hollywood. See more »


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25 November 1955 (France)  »

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The original Broadway production of "The Big Knife" by Clifford Odets opened at the National Theater on February 24, 1949, ran for 109 performances and closed on May 28, 1949. Directed by Lee Strasberg, the play starred John Garfield as Charles Castle. See more »

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The camera and operator are visibly reflected in one scene in the living room. See more »

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[Wanting Charlie to woo Dixie, who's talking too much about Charlie's dangerous 'secret']
Smiley Coy: Call her.
Charlie Castle: All right. Anything for my art.
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Version of American Playhouse: The Big Knife (1988) See more »

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Tremendously powerful movie
24 July 1999 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Jack Palance gives an amazing performance here in a part that so many other actors must have been dying to play. You can picture a lot of actors of the time - Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando - as Charlie Castle, but I can't picture anyone as good as Palance. It's a riveting movie from start top finish with one great line after another. Almost Shakespearean in breadth, depth & power.


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