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Fritz Lang


Glenn Ford
Gloria Grahame
Jocelyn Brando
Alexander Scourby
Lee Marvin
Jeanette Nolan





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Dave Bannion is a tough but honest cop - and is on the trail of gang he believe has its hooks in the police department. The deeper he gets, the more dangerous it gets - until his own wife takes the fall for a bomb mean for him. Now seeking vengeance - he teams with a gangster's spurned girlfriend - not realizing both are falling further into a trap. -- Chris Kavan

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"The Big Heat" by Yojimbo

Fritz Lang directs Glen Ford as an uncompromising cop on the trail of organized criminals and corrupt officers in his own department, and when a car bomb kills his young wife, the gloves definitely come off...One of the toughest early noirs you're going to see, Ford reinforces his tough guy credentials and faces off against a young Lee Marvin as a brutal mobster. The on and off screen violence is some of the most brutally realistic you are going to see in a film of this era; I can't remember an earlier film that featured a car bomb, and as such this can be seen as a direct influence on the modern gangster flick. The sentiment is ladled on a little too thickly in portraying Ford's home life, the other female characters (Gloria Grahame's tart with a heart and woman scorned, and Jeanette Nol...

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