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The Big Clock (1948)

The Big Clock

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1948 Wide

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,315

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Movie Info

This taut and intelligent film noir stars Ray Milland as George Stroud, the editor of a successful true-crime magazine published by tyrannical Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), a demanding employer obsessed with time. After seven years, George and his long-suffering wife Georgette (Maureen O'Sullivan) are set for a well-deserved vacation, but at the last minute Janoth gives George an assignment that causes him to miss his train. Georgette leaves without him, and a furious George repairs to a bar, … More

Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 6, 2004
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for The Big Clock

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

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Terrific suspense ... still packs a punch.

July 22, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Thrilling psychological film noir.

Full Review… | January 19, 2004
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

½

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.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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

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Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A nerve-wracking noir classic you've probably never heard of.

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Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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