A hard cop and a soft dame.
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
Glenn Ford Gloria Grahame Jocelyn Brando Alexander Scourby Lee Marvin Jeanette Nolan Peter Whitney Willis Bouchey Robert Burton Adam Williams Carolyn Jones Howard Wendell Chris Alcaide Michael Granger Dorothy Green Ric Roman Dan Seymour Edith Evanson Harry Lauter Michael Ross Phil Arnold Sidney Clute Michael Jeffers Linda Bennett Charles Cane Byron Kane John Close Phil Chambers John Crawford Show All…
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While watching Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, I realized a lot of cool aspects about what makes it such a special film-noir. Glenn Ford is insane as a cop out for revenge. Gloria Grahame is in most ways a femme fatale, yet she's not poison to Glenn Ford. Lee Marvin is running around throwing coffee on dames. Marlon Brando's sister, Jocelyn Brando is the type of girl you marry and wish you could live happily ever after with. Chris Alcaide is a bodyguard / possible boy toy for Alexander Scourby's Lasagna or is it Lagana, and I'm still wondering why he's wearing PJ's and sleeping so close to Lagana? There's these loco WWII vets who are ready to throw down.…
hands down one of the most ruthlessly cruel and violent noirs i've seen. lang conceives the world of crime and corruption as a shadowy infection of pain and mutilation; even the faint glimmers of affection and hope here are severely undermined by the visual spaces they occupy and the larger system we know exists outside the frame.
I feel so bad for the coffee in this movie.
Fritz Lang has done it again. The Big Heat is a thrilling, savage, horrifying, and badass film-noir that will knock your socks off. A typical conclusion weakens the film as a whole, but don't let that put you off. Another example of Lang's indelible mark on cinema.
The men don't do much, and what little they do attempt, they either fail at or leave incomplete. It's the women that set the machine in motion, give it speed and ultimately burn it all down.
Yet the squares think they won.
After 2,908 films I've finally managed to make my way to Fritz Lang's filmography. And whilst this might not be the first film that comes to mind whenever his name is brought up, it's still a great film none the less.
"The Big Heat" is a classic noir film that features all the hallmarks of the genre, whilst receiving the added bonus of Lang's expert craftsmanship.
With that said the best part of this film is the script. The film spends the opening 30 minutes methodically setting up the films plot beats, whilst following the characters daily routines, in particularly that of Sargent Bannion played by Glenn Ford. We see him interacting with his family and colleagues as he begins…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not having seen this in 20 years, I initially balked at the way the film glosses over the death of Bannion's wife, skipping past any sign of grief or loss to a scene set in the precinct office some time later, post-funeral, with Bannion accepting bland condolences and the plot kicking back into gear with a generic now-it's-personal fillip. Took a while for Ford's extraordinary performance to register, and for me to recognize how inhuman Bannion subsequently becomes; the transformation that takes place at the end, when Bannion tells Debby about his wife, is like watching The Thing change back into Benjamin Grimm. Complete restoration of order in the denouement feels false, though, ending the film on a disappointingly…
Mean spirited and it just gets viciously darker as the runtime progresses. All timer noir if you ask me... going from ‘why’d this cop kill himself’ to all out revenge noir, absolutely drenched in aesthetic mood and at times almost feeling like a borderline horror movie... complete with Lee Marvin mutilating people. The whole cast is wonderful, especially Gloria Grahame, and Glenn Ford’s powerhouse performance is also an all timer. He’s a fucking freight train in this.
There’s some pretty terrifying stuff here, Lang wasn’t fucking around.
Based on a magazine serial by William P. McGivern, The Big Heat is a monochrome film noir with ethical complexions of grey. Directed by Fritz Lang and starring Gloria Grahame in a notable role as the tragic and suggestive Debby Marsh, the girlfriend of mobster Vince Stone - portrayed in a career breakthrough by Lee Marvin. The narrative has a unique signature of brutal efficiency which characterises a corrupt system hindering the pursuit of justice and is rooted more in political reality than most of Lang’s film noirs, thanks to Sydney Boehm’s powerful script.
Hey, you know somethin'? You ought to be doin' radio commercials: How to talk a lot and say nothin'.
November 9th, 2014 is the day that Glenn Ford convinced me that he is a dangerous badass. I've seen him play the "every man" plenty of times and sometimes a violent one at that maybe, but here I was convinced he WAS that guy.
There's a scene where Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion (Ford) is threatening an unarmed woman, a widow no less, that he is in fact going to kill her because the result would set in motion events that would bring certain members of the criminal underworld to justice. In any other movie I'd be like yeah, he's…
Noir is no longer a psychological threat of identity but an entire mechanized system. "Keep the coffee hot, Hugo."
Glenn Ford exchanging insults, threatening everyone in sight and solving crimes based on assumptions like it's just another day at the office. Lee Marvin being a general asshole and casually abusing women like it's just another stroll at the park.
Two new names in my list of favorite actors.
A remarkable film by the masterful Fritz Lang. Here's a quote to make my review appear longer:
" I wouldn't touch anything of Vince Stone's with a ten-foot pole."
Noir-vember Film #17
Make sure you have the sound turned up nice and high or maybe even stick the subtitles on when you watch The Big Heat.
That's because you really don't want to miss any of this dialogue. There's some seriously scintillating wordplay going on in this film that is far ahead of most other crime films of its era. Not just the longer monologues, such as the one where Glenn Ford confronts Alexander Scourby for the first time about what he thinks of him or even when he confronts corrupt police commissioner Howard Wendell.
But it's the little snippets of dialogue that you can find in every corner of this film.…
Good hard boiled noir until half an hour in when it becomes GREAT hard boiled noir. A truly nasty little treat.
어느 누구의 소유도 아닌 주체로 존재하는 데비의 캐릭터가 빛났음에도, 지나치게 축약된 채 베니의 직감으로 전개되는 수사는 과거 M을 찍어냈던 치밀한 프리츠 랑이 맞았는가 싶을 정도로 허술하다. 특히, 장르에게 요구되는 촘촘함이 결여되었다는 것이 실망스럽다.
cruel. hopeless. the system always wins. final act gets a bit silly if you ask me.
Maybe I was late to this terrific Fritz Lang noir because I never was very fond of Glenn Ford, but he's just fine as the police detective who comes up against a corrupt political machine. Gloria Grahame comes on a little strong at the start, but what Lang accomplishes in the strong climax depends a lot on her and she pulls it off. Jeanette Nolan is the outstanding feature of a supporting cast that includes a very young Lee Marvin. It was funny seeing this the same week as Murder, My Sweet, which begins strong and then disappoints; this film accumulates power.
One of the nastier film noirs I've ever seen.
I won't spoil any specifics, but the violence here is surprisingly brutal. With many classic films, what was once shocking becomes almost quaint in comparison to modern cinema, but I honestly can't say that's the case with The Big Heat. Fritz Lang and screenwriter Sydney Boehm pull no punches here and it suits the film perfectly, giving it a dark edge and an uncertainty that elevates the story.
Contains a pretty solid lead performance by Glenn Ford, but Gloria Grahame and a young Lee Marvin steal every scene they're in. Lee Marvin in particular is absolutely vicious and his character sort of encapsulates the film's darkness.
A movie from 1953 with THREE powerful and well-developed female characters!? Annnnd yes, it's made by a European. Figures.
The Big Heat established a new plateau of violence and suspense that would influence directors like Scorsese and Mann. The conspiracy just keeps getting deeper and deeper. You almost forget where it started, until they bring it all back around. Perfect suspense and an incredible performance by Glenn Ford as the sweet-husband-at-home / ruthless-cop-in-the-streets.
Cracking noir by Fritz Lang with hardened cop Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin as another badass and the lovely Gloria Graham who suffers having boiling coffee thrown in her face, as Ford investigates a corrupt cop’s suicide. A hard-boiled thriller only let down by the ‘happy’ ending, but very worthwhile seeking out.
Story of a good cop in a bad town. Sure, Bannion (Glenn Ford) follows his moral compass to the end, but fails to realize his actions have consequences to those around him.
Female bodies pile on as Bannion pursues a gang headed by Lagana with handsome-sleaze Vinnie as his second. These two could have been written into Goodfellas as is with their tempers and short-fuses. Debby (Grahame) plays the ditzy arm-piece of Vinnie and plays the hell out of this role.
It's masterfully shot and acted noir. Arguably the culmination of Lang's talkie films. And bottom line, if you're superstitious, don't tell your kids stories of kittens losing their mittens.
This was another high-quality noir from Fritz Lang, and I think it might well edge out 'Scarlet Street' as his best. 'The Big Heat' opens with a bang (literally) and is relentless from there on out, with the tension and threat building with each scene.
It's all anchored by a charismatic lead performance from Glenn Ford, who's excellent as Dave Bannion - a good cop struggling to resist the pressure to submit to corruption and violence. I particularly appreciated the focus on Dave's domestic life, specifically his relationship with his wife Katie - played by Jocelyn Brando, Katie feels like a living, breathing person with a genuine personality. I appreciated the effort made to give her texture - the film…
Weaker Lang for sure, feels totally styleless (that’s the point apparently but why?). Great Ford performance though and the story is cool albeit predictable. Fun fact about Glenn Ford he recorded every single phone call he ever made, including calls to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, after he installed a recording system to spy on his first wife. What a psycho
The Big Heat is a classic film noir from Fritz Lang that is one of his best American films. It has most of the elements you would want: a tortured detective who is pushed to the edge in a city full of crime and corruption. Glenn Ford gives an intense performance as Dave Bannion and delivers some great lines in such a smooth fashion. Gloria Grahame plays an interesting character opposite of Ford and I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much more to her character than her introductory scene would indicate. Lee Marvin is also pretty great as the unhinged gangster.
For the most part, the story plays pretty straight to the vest by hitting the notes you would expect but this is punctuated by moments of brutality and effective emotional notes. The Big Heat is an intense ride with some great performances and a gritty story that I couldn't help but get swept up in.
Oh yeah! The Big Heat is a solid classic film noir. Police detective versus crime and corruption in an urban environment, with squad rooms, bad guy penthouses, mobster mansions, cheap motels, and dive bars. Don’t forget all the 38 specials laying about on tables, desks, beds, and the ones concealed in shoulder holsters when not in use.
Superb acting by Glenn Ford (Detective Dave Bannon), Gloria Grahame (Debbie), and Lee Marvin (bad guy Vince Stone). The intensity of Glenn Ford is believable and Lee Marvin about steals the show as the bad guy. The best scene is the bad guy’s violence against his girl. The film provides all the classic noir cinematic effects, including light and shadow, camera pans, and tracking shots. Nothing extraordinary, just solid noir photography. I think this is Fritz Lang’s best American film.