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Thumbnail for The Big Heat (1953) The Big Heat (1953)

Basics Critics:86Viewers:73Rusty:76
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noir, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Film noir, Crime Fiction, Thriller, DramaMain subject: suicideRuntime: 88 - 90 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Fritz LangScreenwriter: Sydney Boehm, William P. McGivern, Fritz LangMusic: Mischa BakaleinikoffCinematography: Charles LangStars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Jeanette Nolan, Lee Marvin, Peter Whitney, Alexander Scourby, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton Producer: Robert ArthurStudio: Columbia PicturesAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)

The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Lee Marvin. It is about a cop who takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city after the murder of his wife. The film was written by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm based on a serial by William P. McGivern which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, and was published as a novel in 1953. The film was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.

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