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Ruthless criminals, a dedicated honest cop, sultry women and a gripping plot...all the elements of a classic police action-drama are here in full force. Police Sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating the apparent suicide of a corrupt cop, then is suddenly ordered to stop and THE BIG HEAT is on. Driven to unravel the mystery, Bannion continues probing until an explosion meant for him, killshis wife. He resigns from the force and soon learns that behind it all is the powerful underworld led by Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby) and his cold-blooded henchman, Vince Stone (Lee Marvin). When Stone's girl Debby (Gloria Grahame) makes a play for Bannion, Stone disfigures her face. In revenge,she tells all she knows. Ultimately, Bannion and Stone square off in a life-or-death confrontation.
Film noir classic from Fritz Lang with very strong performances from the cast. Corruption is the theme here. Unfortunately it is even worse now.
Glen Ford nails it.
excellent cast Glenn Ford Gloria Grahame !even Marlon Brando sister, and a young lee marvin,make this a 4 star film!Published 26 days ago by vincent marchese
One of the best crime film noirs ever made.A career topping performance by Glenn Ford and a never better ,or nastier Lee Marvin.In glorious black and white.Published 1 month ago by Michael P. Dempsey
Gloria Grahame steals the show. Always a reliable actress. Lee Marvin shines as the sadistic henchman.Published 5 months ago by lewis jenkins