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The Big Heat

Fritz Lang's sizzling 1953 film noir masterpiece features Glenn Ford (in his best performance—perhaps his only performance) as an anguished cop out to smash a maddeningly effete mobster (Alexander Scourby) and break the hold he has on a corrupt city administration. With sensational support from Lee Marvin as a sadistic hood and Gloria Grahame as Marvin's bad/good girlfriend, whose reward for hanging around is a faceful of scalding coffee. Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting—highly recommended.



  • Fritz Lang


  • Glenn Ford
  • Gloria Grahame
  • Jocelyn Brando
  • Alexander Scourby
  • Lee Marvin
  • Jeanette Nolan
  • Peter Whitney
  • Willis Bouchey
  • Robert Burton
  • Adam Williams
  • Howard Wendell
  • Chris Alcaide
  • Michael Granger
  • Dorothy Green
  • Carolyn Jones


  • William P. McGivern


  • Robert Arthur

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