THE BIG HEAT, Fritz Langs most celebrated American film, is a chilling and violent tale of corruption, vengeance, and loss. Dave Bannion, played by distinguished Film Noir actor Glenn Ford, is an upright but unscrupulous cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleagues suicide and his fellow officers suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangsters spurned girlfriend Debbie (Gloria Grahame). As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Ganglands insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. The violence comes suddenly and unrelentingly, as Lang explodes the stripped down story with economic yet forceful cinematography and editing, and gritty yet emotionally gripping performances from Ford and Grahame.
Release Date: 20 February 2006
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 86 minutes
Production Year: 1953
Main Language: English