Quando era puto, dizia ao meu pai: "Vamos ver o filme do café na cara." Era este "The Big Heat", obra-prima de Fritz Lang. Quero-te rever!
Great film noir, evil loses at great costs. One could say it was all Glenn Ford's fault in a way.
My first Lang is arguably the greatest meditation on the destructive consequences of revenge that I've come across. Gloria Grahame is fantastic and Lee Marvin is shockingly evil, especially given when this was made. One of the best and darkest noirs I've ever seen.
Car bomb and the apartment scenes would have influence on The Godfather. Also we hear "Put the Blame on Mame" (from Gilda) when Ford show off in The Retreat.
A noir noir. Dark, that is. Dirty cops. Corrupt politicians. Tough women. Death and violence and innocent victims. And a one man trying to see justice done whatever the cost.
Balancing realism & style, Lang's noir pinnacle has two sides like Gloria Grahame's face: It's a police procedural and it's a dark revenge tale.
fine acting all-around in this noir classic from lang. i especially enjoyed gloria grahame's performance. jocelyn brando and jeanette nolan were also quite convincing.
favorite line: "we're sisters under the mink"
Not every good thing needs to be corrupted, but pinning the hard decisions on the woman just so the good guy can stay "good" seems a bit phony. Or maybe that's the bit of "hope" in this otherwise bleak picture.
Not the best noir but still a damn fine ones. And ain't Glenn Ford a cutie?
The first half hour is so hokey as to be borderline unbearable and the script is kind of patchy throughout, but after the first half hour it turns cold blooded and angry enough to be well worth any crime fan's time.
The final arc is kind of a melodramatic disaster. But a fun ride til then, hee hee
Excellent film noir with Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin. The dialogue is pretty great with some great lines and Lee Marvin is downright mean as one of the bad guys. Ford gives a great performance as a cop looking for clues on a policeman's murder, he's pretty badass in this film.
The only Film Noir where u can actually smell the Folger's Crystal's
Classic noir from director Lang. An often brutal picture of corruption, revenge and underlying violence. Glenn Ford perfectly captures the suspended sergeant trying to reveal those responsible for his wife's death. Memorable turns from Lee Marvin (the coffee hurling sequence), Jeanette Nolan and especially Gloria Grahame as the disfigured moll who gives everyone their comuppance (her final scene with Ford perfect)
The little banter between Bannion and his wife is damn well-constructed with subtle screwball physicality. Love it.
What a brutal movie, and it's all conveyed without buckets of gore or harsh language.
I cant recall a Fritz Lang's film funnier than this one. Pure joy
Beautifully balanced - visuals, intonations, different chunks of storytelling.
Just a brutal, unforgiving film noir and possibly the best American film that Fritz Lang directed. Glenn Ford was by no means a great actor, but when he was on he could be quite powerful.