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THE big heat

High Contrast Cinema fast-forwards to the 1950s for a hardboiled noir masterpiece in the shape of Fritz Lang's The Big Heat.

Lang, the German émigré responsible for such revered classics as M and Metropolis, takes Glenn Ford's no-nonsense cop Dave Bannion into a suicide investigation, leading him through a web of corruption and criminality and eventually sending him on a violent path of vengeance in search of justice.

The Big Heat also stars film noir icon Gloria Grahame (in a role originally earmarked for Marilyn Monroe) and, in one of his earlier roles, Lee Marvin as a sadistic mobster.

A tough, gripping crime thriller that deserves a big screen viewing.

Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford

Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame

Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang

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