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The Big Steal

The Big Steal (1949)

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Release Date: Jul 9, 1949 Limited

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This breezy and unpretentious film noir from director Don Siegel starts off with fireworks. Duke Holliday (Robert Mitchum), an American army lieutenant, is on his way to Mexico by boat when he's confronted in his cabin by Blake (William Bendix), gun in hand, who plans on taking him back to the United States. Holliday gets away, pummeling Blake pretty hard in the bargain and stealing his identification, and crosses paths with Joan Graham (Jane Greer). It turns out that she's looking for the same

Jul 31, 2007

RKO Radio Pictures

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In this taut cat-and-mouse tale, all concerned are in top form.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Siegel packs lots of chases and action into 72 minutes, with a great ending.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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This is the second movie in a Film Noir Collection and its quite good. Robert Mitchun stars as Duke Haliday who appears to be on the run, chasing him is Army officer Captain Blake (William Bendix). It appears that Mitchum stole 300,000 dollars, this movie having been made in 1949 that's a huge chunk of change, but did he really steal it. Watch to find out, you will not be sorry, 4 1/2 stars
September 23, 2011
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A thief who robbed an army payroll makes his way through Mexico pursued by an ex fiancee he cheated out of $2000, the man falsely accused of the crime and an army officer looking to apprehend him. The Big Steal is more a colourful road movie than Film Noir and the breezy romance between Mitchum and Greer almost reminded me of It Happened One Night with guns. In fact there's very little else to the plot; just a long chase through some nice Mexican locations but its embellished with some interesting characters, snappy dialogue and solid car chases. Directed with typical economy by Don (Dirty Harry) Siegel in one of his earliest projects, The Big Steal won't change your world but it's a fun ride for it's brief duration.
August 10, 2011
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A sort of round-about chase movie with an interesting cast and story. I liked it.
October 24, 2010
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Nothing mindblowing, but Robert Mitchum plays his usual cool and badass character. Jane Greer was cute and the Mexican scenery was kind of nice. The car chase was kind of silly and nerve-wracking all at the same time. I wouldn't call it noir, but I wouldn't call it a complete waste of time either.
December 5, 2007
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