Bigger Than Life Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 6055

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 18

Theatrical Release Date: 08/02/1956

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/23/2010

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Nicholas Ray

Actors: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Christopher Olsen, Roland Winters

Plot: A man faced with a life-ending ailment is offered a trial of a miracle cure. When he abuses the drug's administration, he finds his personality altered fundamentally and not, needless to say, for the better.

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3/4

Snoogans - wrote on 03/08/2015

Thematically, this film goes a nudge darker than most family centered dramas of it's time. Not too far, but just far enough to make some moments still resonate in the same tone today. Mason gives one of his most memorable performances. The family dilemma is engaging to the point where I could give into the small medical un-believabilty. A consistently entertaining film.

Rating of
3/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/12/2011

Cortisone addiction in the 50s. James Mason as the addicted one. Hard to watch if you know any addicted people since this is raw. Good one.

Rating of
3/4

revmem - wrote on 04/13/2010

There's a lot to nitpick about this film, but I'd suggest just selectively ignoring all those little idiosyncratic problems and silly depictions of science and enjoy an entertaining movie about a man whose personality is enlarged by a "miracle cure" to the point where he feels empowered to state "God was wrong." There's a parable in here about misuse of technology destroying that which it attempts to save, and there's some great Nicholas Ray scenes to be seen (the blu-ray version is quite good).

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