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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.
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 16 days ago by Michael P. Dempsey
Gloria Grahame steals the show. Always a reliable actress. Lee Marvin shines as the sadistic henchman.Published 3 months ago by lewis jenkins
Glenn Ford is miscast, and the plot is weak in places, it's far from a classic, but if one likes old movies, it's enjoyable.Published 4 months ago by Quite Positive
Top notch film noir. Great cast: Glenn Ford is perfect for this kind of tough guy role. Lee Marvin is meaner, and uglier, than ever. Gloria Grahame is wonderful... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Strom