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Want cream with that coffee?
- Foley Z
Yowww! That coffee-hurling scene...brutal. Gloria Grahame is perfect as the frivolous, little party girl. Lee Marvin, so menacing. Glenn Ford, to me, he just doesn't seem tough enough. But then, there are only so many Bogarts and Mitchums to go around. If you could recast that part....Charles McGraw? Robert Ryan? And love Lang's dark tone.
one of my all time favorites. dont forget carolyn jones in retreat rolling dice.
gloria and lee ..banned from starbucks..forever.
the main character is a combination of ward cleaver and the comic book character known as the punisher. the plot parallels film noir but does not totally feel like the genre. the character Gloria grahame played was a prostitute but the character Jeanette Nolan played was way more a slut for a dollar than anyone should ever be. there never was a movie lee marvin did not give effort in. the next to last moment in the story reinforces rule number 1 in film noir.. no matter what.. you lose something special.
Who caught the homage to " Gilda" . . . .
When " Put the Blame on Mame" plays on the jukebox the third time Bannion exits The Retreat, having just bested two of the thugs. Go Fritz Lang!!!
the big heat
- kevin sellers
Wonder if the previous reviewer is the same "Johnny" who called "The Searchers" "just another Indian/Cowboy movie"? Sounds like his sophomorically provocative MO. Maybe he'd be so kind as to let us in on the "joke" that Glenn Ford is supposed to embody. As for the movie itself, it's probably Lang's best Hollywood film and definitely his best noir. The sense of urban corruption is palpable throughout and the acting is first rate, including another of Lee Marvin's unforgettably odious villains, Gloria Graham at her sultry best, and a SERIOUSLY good performance by Ford. Marvin's coffee throwing scene is quite possibly the most horrendous piece of violence perpetrated upon a woman by a man in the history of film. Makes the coke bottle scene in "Long Goodbye" look generic by comparison. Give it an A.
One of the most LAUGHABLE films noirs ever.
I can't stop laughing at Glenn Ford. What a joke!
The Big Not-So-Hot
- el debbo
I know I run the risk of hot coffee being flung by wrathful reviewers, but I was disappointed in this. Good storyline,good players. Cheezy sets... Glenn Ford's home looked like something from early TV. But most of all, I ask you, were the men getting it? Tortured, burned by cigarettes, strangled on a back road, mutilated by hot coffee? No.It was too much for me, and I shut it down halfway through. Much prefer the 1946 version of "Behind Green Lights" for a fast-noir story, everything important happens in one night... and for William Gargan and Carole Landis. It's a smart movie, with better production values, and no women are getting scarred or tortured.
The Wrath of GOD
- Fred C. Wilson III
The recent TCM movie staring Robert Michum 'The Wrath of God' was one of the best movies I've ever seen! I event that TCM make this movie into a CD I'll be among the first to purchase it.
The Big Heat
- Dashiell Barnes
A tense, quick-paced, but dated film noir. The characters found in the genre are greatly brought to life; Ford as the dedicated cop in a crooked town, Grahame is unforgettable as the sultry woman & Marvin is terrifying as Grahame's menacing, thug boyfriend. The characters are both great & common stereotypes, but director Lang perfectly combines a tight script with excellent acting. Overall, this is a standout film that noir lover's should see. I give it a 4/5.
Fantastic film! I hadn't heard of it before but I was not disappointed with this movie. The acting was great and it was full of suspense. It's another film noir gem!
The Big Heat (1953)
- James Higgins
86/100. With Fritz Lang at the helm, you know it is going to be a great movie. He excels at film-noir. Glenn Ford gives a wonderfully low key performance, but it is Gloria Grahame that gives the best performance in the film, she is unforgettable. Lee Marvin is memorable in a supporting role, as is a very young and blonde Carolyn Jones. The screenplay is compelling, sassy and fast paced, the cinematography is stylish and superbly done. The use of light is remarkable. The greatediting fuels the fast pace, and it has an excellent score thatenhances the film. It is just a marvelous film all around and it works on every level. One of the best film-noir movies.
I totally agree with you Suzanneexcellent movie. My first time seeing it.definately not a 2 star.this is 5 star material.I agree someone highlighted their ignorance of movie classics by rating it 2 stars.Fire the person
why two stars?
- suzanne oneill
because whoever rated this film noir classic w/ two measly stars is an idiot who's never seen "the big heat" or a complete idiot who saw "the big heat" and STILL insulted it with two stars. i hope lee marvin's ghost visits him or her with a fresh pot of piping hot spectral coffee. they pulled this two-star nonsense on time warner cable as well, and it's been bothering me all day. i suppose i should get a life sometime soon.but before i do, let's fling that coffee pot!
The Big Heat-Hot Film Noir
- Bruce Reber
I have seen "The Big Heat" several times and think it's one of the best film noirs from the 50's and one of the best films from director Fritz Lang. It has a great cast and a powerful story about a cop (Glenn Ford) out to find his wife's killer, protecting the ex-gun moll who helps him, and at the same time fighting the mob and police corruption. My favorite scene has to be when Gloria Graehme catches the pot of hot coffee in the face from Lee Marvin. It could have been worse; it could have been acid instead of coffee!
Something's very, very wrong
- Greg Samsa
I just finished watching "The Big Heat" for the umpteenth time - a wonderful, wonderful film. So can somone explain to me why on Dish Network the synopsis includes a -- believe it or not -- two-star rating? Unbelievably ridiculous.
The movie "The Big Heat" and "Convicted Women" Its a true treat for me . I love Glen Ford ---- Icon !
Top Notch Crime Film
- Bruce Reber
"The Big Heat" has to be the best crime film from Fritz Lang. Gangsters, tough cops and both beautiful and devious women combine for a hard-hitting and suspenseful crime story.Anyone who doesn't particularly like this type of film should see "The Big Heat". I guarantee they will be hooked forever!