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½ January 21, 2018
Straight-forward with a simple narrative and dialogue, there's not much that's flashy about 'The Big Heat', but Lang's subtle, yet astute directing manages to coax the very best out of it, leaving us with something that feels dark and realistic. Along with the great cast and their engaging characters, the story comes to life, with Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame's roles being particularly memorable.
December 10, 2017
It's one of the more essential noirs that sticks out because of the unique restraint of its protagonist and its memorable and lively group of supporting characters.
March 23, 2017
What hurt The Big Heat in the long run is the entire predictability of its plot with almost every plot point being expected, but this noir is still so well made, so well directed by Fritz Lang and so well acted that they managed to lift the material to much greater heights. I loved its emotional approach with a couple of beautiful and moving scenes, but the highlight are its memorable characters and most especially its incredibly dark approach with a couple of unforgettable brutal scenes that are not excessive, but help raise the stakes significantly.
½ October 8, 2016
Exceptional film noir, that gets continuously darker, and takes all its characters with it. Glenn Ford plays a man obsessed with revealing the truth about corruption and murder in his city, and he comes close to using the methods that were used against others. Meanwhile, Gloria Grahame plays a gangster girlfriend who is more than prepared - she gives as good as she gets, shockingly. Very well done film which deserves its "classic" status.
½ March 14, 2016
This is a great movie, one of Lang's best. While I'm not a huge Glenn Ford fan, he was fine as the cop hero. Lee Marvin, Dorothy Green, Carolyn Jones and Edith Evanson were all great in supporting roles, and Gloria Grahame a knockout as the gangster's moll.
½ November 14, 2015
Glenn Ford plays a tenacious and ruthless detective who has his own way of tackling the corrupt reality, but the Put the Blame on Mame melody keeps reminding me his role in Gilda. Female characters are sacrificed here instead of being Femme Fatale, making it outstanding than its counterparts. The plot and make-up certainly inspires latter films such as The Godfather and characters like Two Face in Batman.
September 30, 2015
Excelente película, nada más que decir
August 27, 2015
The Big Heat is a fantastic film noir by one of cinema's legitimate masters, Fritz Lang. This classic is highlighted by performances from Glenn Ford as a detective hellbent on avenging those responsible for the killing of his wife, Lee Marvin as the muscle of a gangster boss, and finally Gloria Grahame as Marvin's girlfriend in what certainly is one of her best performances. All the leads give good performances but it is Gloria Grahame's performance that deserves most recognition, one which was deserving of an Oscar nomination it's just too bad she didn't get one for this film; fortunately, she won it the year before for another great film, the show biz classic The Bad and the Beautiful. The mood/atmosphere and look of the film is quintessential Fritz Lang; his direction isn't showy or anything but it is beautifully executed. It is shot in pristine b&w photography by the great Charles Lang. The biggest highlight in the film is the coffee scene in which Lee Marvin's character throws a boiling hot coffee pot at Gloria Grahame's character and other highlights include the car bomb that accidentally kills Glenn Ford's wife (played by Marlon Brando's sister Jocelyn) and the film's ultimate climax. It's also interesting to note that all of the female leads are killed off. The Big Heat represents the highlight of Fritz Lang's tenure in Hollywood (a time in his career that admittedly wasn't nearly as impressive as his time as an expressionist filmmaker in the silent era and early thirties, but nevertheless featured some notable classics such as this one, The Woman in the Window, Scarlett Street and The Ministry of Fear). Highly recommended viewing for any movie fan; a must see movie even after so many decades. The Big Heat is not only one of the greatest examples of film noir, but also one of the greatest films ever made. 10/10
½ July 20, 2015
Classic film-noir crime-thriller.

A police detective, Sgt Dave Bannion (played by Glenn Ford) investigates the apparent suicide of a senior police officer. A woman approaches him and claims that it wasn't suicide - it was murder. Intrigue ensues...

A great crime-thriller from master director Fritz Lang. While you know broadly who did it, you don't know all the details. Moreover, you mostly see it from the policeman's point-of-view, and feel his frustration as he is constrained in his abilities to crack the case.

Great work from Glenn Ford in the lead role, especially as he is more known for westerns. Good support from Gloria Grahame, Alexander Scourby and an early-career Lee Marvin.

Not perfect - Bannion's big break feels a bit contrived. In addition, the pacing is a bit off: after building the tension, the ending feels rushed. These are, however, minor negatives in an otherwise flawless movie.
May 18, 2015
Inadvertently, I watched three Fritz Lang's films in a row and chose this master piece to close the cycle. The Big Heat could be the supreme film of the noir film genre and Lang´s in particular. The casting was suited, performances are great, and the script is fluid. The character of the honest cop, but too inflexible that put in risk to the ones he loved and probably to others that help him will be inspiring for posterior films.
March 30, 2015
Fine quality noir. Well scripted along with solid acting make this really entertaining.
½ February 20, 2015
Fritz Lang cuts the foreplay and dives right into the heart of corruption. It's big heat alright, and if you are not too careful, it will burn you.
January 20, 2015
Masterpiece del film Noir, Glenn Ford en su mejor actuaciòn.
April 7, 2014
An extraordinary noir that takes advantage of Glenn Ford's formidable presence to deliver a hardhitting, daring, work-of-art.
March 29, 2014
A fairly straight-forward Noir, with little to no mystery. We follow a squeaky clean cop who doubles as a family man, and his attempts to rid his city of a crime syndicate. There are a few good fight scenes, and Glenn Ford excels at these. The cinematography is also pretty good with plenty of close-ups of faces and cool shadow shots whenever Ford enters a room (his shadow precedes him). Not my favorite Noir, but it's still decent.
½ March 20, 2014
Lang was never afraid to make a statement and make it obviously. This enthralling story of corruption in the police force is no exception.
March 7, 2014
Dark, compelling story, and extremely well acted. I was surprised at the violence of the car bombing of his wife, and that coffee burning scene is still surprising and horrifying in its violence. Glenn Ford, after the death of his wife, the anger and grief is so transparent on his face, and you want him to murder everyone involved, even if it doesn't end up happening that way, you feel it COULD in this film. One of the problems I've had with other noirs is their cheapness and having to hire D-level actors who aren't strong enough in their main roles; this isn't the case with The Big Heat. Glenn Ford gives a powerful performance as I said, and the villains Alexander Scourby and Lee Marvin are really solid bad guys. Gloria Grahame is also terrific. Great movie.
½ January 26, 2014
didn't do it for me.
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