First time I've been disappointed by Lang, in what is a run of the mill revenge thriller that is only distinguished in its more-than-usual nihilistic tone. It's surely his most violent film but this tone feels rather half-baked since he was still restrained by the Hays Code and thus it doesn't fully embrace its concept of a more realistic noir. Nonetheless, a disappointing Lang is still a worthwhile Lang.
As fueled by rage as Lang's own "Fury," The Big Heat plays like a revenge Western. In a world dominated by corruption, cowardice and ostentatious wealth, only the hero is righteous, brave and blue-collar enough to serve as its moral center. Lang's workmanlike approach fits the film's tone - allergic to fussiness - perfectly, relying on mastershots with subtle push-ins to follow the emotional flow of scenes.
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.
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.
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)