Big screen classics

The Big Heat

+ intro by Simran Hans, writer and film critic for The Observer

Fritz Lang’s steely study of a cop succumbing to vengefulness after an investigation takes its toll on his family.

Image from The Big Heat + intro by Simran Hans, writer and film critic for The Observer

USA 1953
Dir Fritz Lang
With Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Lee Marvin
89min
Digital
Certificate 15

When an honest cop (Ford) investigates a colleague’s suicide, he uncovers a world of corruption involving local crime bosses, politicians and police commissioners. As the culprits try to silence him, he becomes ever more deeply immersed in an obsessive vendetta that threatens to take him beyond the law. Lang directs with a vice-like grip, charting his protagonist’s descent into vengeful contempt with unsentimental precision.

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