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Basics Critics:83Viewers:65Rusty:77
Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Family Drama, DramaRuntime: 95 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Nicholas RayScreenwriter: Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum, James Mason, Clifford Odets, Nicholas RayMusic: David RaksinCinematography: Joseph MacDonaldStars: Barbara Rush, James Mason, Walter Matthau, Kipp Hamilton, Robert F. Simon, Roland Winters, Rachel Stephens, Rusty LaneProducer: James MasonStudio: 20th Century FoxAward details: (details at IMDb)

Bigger Than Life is an American DeLuxe Color CinemaScope film made in 1956 directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Mason, who also co-wrote and produced the film, about a school teacher and family man whose life spins out of control upon becoming addicted to cortisone. The film co-stars Barbara Rush as his wife and Walter Matthau as his closest friend, a fellow teacher. Though it was a box-office flop upon its initial release, many modern critics hail it as a masterpiece and brilliant indictment of contemporary attitudes towards mental illness and addiction. In 1963, Jean-Luc Godard named it one of the ten best films ever made. Bigger Than Life was based on a 1955 The New Yorker article by medical writer Berton Roueché entitled "Ten Feet Tall".

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