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December 31, 2017
Exciting gangster/crime film. It's barely over an hour too so it's very fast-paced. Minor SPOILER WARNING for "Out of the Past" which came out 2 years earlier, also starring Mitchum and Greer: in case their tragic love story still hurts, this pairing of the two might serve as a remedy. Mitchum is his usual swaggerly self.
November 24, 2015
The biggest thing that this movie has to offer is that it knows what it is. Its a simple chase noir thriller, with cool characters and dialogue. its not going to break any new ground, but its very entertaining with its stars and twists. Its basic, simple entertainment and it was a very good viewing.
½ May 15, 2015
didn't expect it's a reel screening.
April 25, 2015
After their success with Out of the Past (1947), screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring and stars Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are back in this light-hearted chase film with Don Siegel at the helm. Noir by association only (given its crime theme and the presence of other Noir stars like William Bendix), the action takes place in Mexico, where Patric Knowles has apparently absconded with the military payroll (in Mitchum's possession) and $2000 of Greer's money (a romance swindle). Bendix is Mitchum's superior officer who thinks Mitchum stole the money himself; Mitchum is chasing Knowles across Mexico to get it back with Bendix hot on his heels. Greer is along for the ride. There are a few twists but nothing gets as dark as you would see in a traditional noir - all told, it's good for a bit of fun but doesn't hit any deeper notes.
July 13, 2014
Not quite film noir, but a fun black & white crime film from director Don Siegel and writer Daniel Mainwaring, who wrote the quintessential noir film, "Out if the Past," which also starred Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer, who are the leads here as well. It's a caper story involving Mitchum chasing down a stolen army payroll in Mexico, with the underrated William Bendix hot on his trail, thinking Mitchum stole the money. Greer then also gets caught up in the chase. The film is much more breezy compared to "Out of the Past," so certainly don't expect anything similar in this film, but do expect a great cast, tight direction, and a crackerjack script. Overall it's a terrifically fun and under appreciated film.
December 31, 2013
A fresh and clever take on a familiar storyline and terrific performances from the well chosen cast add interest to this solid noir, Unfortunately, the print I viewed was colorized which I found downright annoying.
½ November 30, 2013
In this taut cat-and-mouse tale, all concerned are in top form. gr8 noir
January 15, 2013
Before Don Siegel directed classics such as Dirty Harry and Charley Varrick,he was responsible for some of the more interesting Film Noirs of the late 40s and 50s.
This was his second feature and it re teams Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer who had worked on the classic Out Of The Past.
This film may not be as good as that movie,but its tone is lighter and it allows us to see some humour in Mitchum as a leading man.
He plays Duke Halliday an army soldier wrongly accused of stealing an army payroll.
During his quest to find the man who actually did the job he runs into the villians scorned lover Joan played by Greer.
They form an unlikely alliance and slowly begin to fall in love as the pursuit reaches its end.
Hot on there trail is Captain Blake played by genre stalwart William Bendix who is determined to track his man down.
The film is of course thrilling with a great chase across Mexico and of course the final denoument and double cross all present,but the film is also funny in parts as Mitchum struggles to communicate with the locals .
Short and sweet too at 72 minutes ,but Siegel is of course a master director so you never feel short changed.
January 13, 2013
Loose film noir but highly enjoyable.Again great black and white photography and the chemistry between Mitchum and Greer is super.
January 4, 2013
Thrilling chase through Mexico with a light-hearted touch to the characters that allows Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer a chance to strike up a romance as they follow the thief.
September 12, 2012
A road trip noir that offers some astounding visuals and a few gripping scenes, but nevertheless stays somewhere in the middle of the list in this particular category. What's crucial to point out is the fact that even though, for most of the time, the story flaws with time without any significant turns, yet in the ending it offers such a twist that it simply is more surprising than one might expect. Don Siegel created a very compelling movie about a man, who chases a guy who framed him for a robbery, and who is also chased by the law. A cat-and-mouse tale with a very interesting characters. And it all happens in the hot and sweaty outposts of Mexico. Worth a watch.
½ June 14, 2012
Lightweight and mixed up, with two fine leads!!
Super Reviewer
½ September 23, 2011
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 19, 2011
It's a fun little film that all of you guys will enjoy...
½ August 18, 2011
The Big Steal" (1949) -- Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer team up again after "Out of the Past" for a good old road movie. Mitchum is an innocent guy who's getting framed for stealing money, when really it's Jane's guy that did it. Captain Bill Bendix is out to get Bob and it's only a matter of time until he does. "The Big Steal" is a winner. It's a blend of simple rom-com with road chase and with noir, and the result is witty, entertaining, and thrilling. Greer's and Mitchum's chemistry still holds after "Out of the Past" and Bendix is in one of his most funny roles. The entire movie itself is almost genius, because in some ways, it spoofs the noir genre. I like it a lot, 4.5 stars from me.
Super Reviewer
½ August 10, 2011
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.
June 27, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011

(1949) The Big Steal

One of few early films directed by film veteran Don Siegal (Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), which can just be as relevent if it were to be made now, which centers on loot stolen from an US army base with Lt investigator Robert Mitchum as Lt Duke Halliday having to go through Mexico to retrieve it!

Movie cuts to the chase and is never boring, as soon as the star gets off the ship, chasing someone with a new interesting revelation as the film progressses!

3 out of 4 stars
May 14, 2011
One of Don Siegel's earliest films is a terrific ride - Army lieutenant Mitchum pursues bankroll thief Knowles while being pursued himself by persistent Captain Bendix. Film is notable as being made while Mitchum was busted for drug possession. Jane Greer, Mitchum's leading lady in the noir classic 'Out of the Past', teamed up with him again when many other actresses preferred to avoid the controversy. Great locations shot in Mexico used to great effect, and Ramon Navarro, the original Ben-Hur, turns up as a wily police inspector.
January 29, 2011
Passable little road movie (it's really hard to call this a film noir, even though it's marketed that way) about Mitchum and Greer out on the Mexican highways and biways trying to recover some stolen government money. Essentially one big chase film (Mitchum and Greer are chasing and being chased) it does provide some humor and Mitchum's smug kisser but really has no point, and doesnt really hold you like it should have.
January 2, 2011
Don Siegel's "The Big Steal" is a misjudged film. It's been billed as a film noir, but it doesn't really fall into that category. The whole takes place in sunny Mexico, as Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer chase down $300,000 in their blue automobile. While the car chasing sequences are fun to watch, the film is dogged down by a major marketing mistake - most releases on DVD are pointless colourised versions of the film, which take away much of the character and atmosphere of the B/W original. Nothing particularly memorable here, but it's been mistreated over the years.
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