The Big Heat

The Big Heat
The Big Heat
  • NR
  • 1h 30m
  • 1953
Fresh100%
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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, kills his 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.
© 1953 renewed 1981 Columbia Pictures Industries , Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Ford's portrayal of the homicide sergeant is honest and packs much wallop. Lang's direction builds...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
Don Druker
Fresh

Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as e...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:October 14, 1953
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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