From acclaimed director Robert Aldrich [The Dirty Dozen, Kiss Me Deadly] comes this classic noir thriller, set in the darkest underbelly of Hollywood. Charles Castle [Jack Palance] has it all. With fame, talent, and devastating looks, he is the studio’s biggest star. But when disillusionment sets in and the actor wants to quit tinsel town, he finds himself in battle with inexorable studio boss Stanley Shriner Hoff [Rod Steiger]. Reluctant to lose his hottest property, he is about to show Charles Castle just how ruthless Hollywood can be, as in a series of explosive showdowns, a murderous cover-up is revealed and Charles finds himself trapped by the dark secrets of his own past.
The Big Knife is at once a fast paced Noir thriller, and a scathing, satirical attack on the morality of the film industry, with Steiger’s outrageous and remarkable performance as the venal, tyrannical Hoff widely rumored to be based on the infamous studio bosses of the time.
Release Date: 31 August 2009
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 107 minutes
Production Year: 1955
Main Language: English