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The Big Clock

The Big Clock (1948)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1948 Wide

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John Farrow's movie adaptation of Kenneth Fearing's The Big Clock, based on a screenplay by Jonathan Latimer (and produced by future James Bond screenwriter Richard Maibaum), is a near-perfect match for the book, telling in generally superb visual style a tale set against the backdrop of upscale 1940s New York and offering an early (but accurate) depiction of the modern media industry. Told in the back-to-front fashion typical of film noir, it opens with George Stroud (Ray Milland) trapped, his

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Jul 6, 2004

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

...there's no denying that the movie possesses a surprisingly contemporary vibe.

January 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Terrific suspense ... still packs a punch.

July 22, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Thrilling psychological film noir.

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

First-rate 'noirish' thriller with comedy.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wonderful thriller as Milland tries to prove his innocence while Laughton plots to get away with murder.

January 30, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Big Clock

Tightly made thriller, the inspiration for No Way Out with Kevin Costner, is well paced and well acted by an excellent cast. Laughton is great and Rita Johnson stands out as the mistress, she is given some wonderful lines and knows how to make them count. A worthwhile view.
May 3, 2010
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jay nixon

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an intense thriller with ray milland and charles laughton that was remade in the 80's as the kevin costner vehicle called no way out. this is better of course. some of the dialogue is line for line
May 4, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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A nerve-wracking noir classic you've probably never heard of.
April 15, 2007
mjgildea

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Combining equal doses of drama and comedy, this entertaining piece of the crime genre is a must-see, not only for Ray Milland's star performance, but for the story's timing as well as execution. Based on Kenneth Fearing's novel, and directed by John Farrow, here is a suspenseful tale of a man racing against time, and as the proverb has it, eventually against his own boss (time=money=boss). If you loved "His Girl Friday" then this one won't disappoint you. Elsa Lanchester in the role of painter Patterson is a delight.
May 2, 2011
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