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Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1
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Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1

Cast: Don Siegel, Edward Dmytryk, Fritz Lang, Irving Lerner

 
In this film noir, five college students laughingly devise a perfect plan for robbing a casino in Reno. At first they do it just to pass the time, but one of them is deeply in debt and becoming increasingly distraught about it. He successfully cajoles his peers into carrying through with their plans.

Overview

In this film noir, five college students laughingly devise a perfect plan for robbing a casino in Reno. At first they do it just to pass the time, but one of them is deeply in debt and becoming increasingly distraught about it. He successfully cajoles his peers into carrying through with their plans.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
The pinnacle of German director Fritz Lang's long-underrated American work, The Big Heat is as intense and bleak a film as has ever come out of the Hollywood system. The brutal tale begins with a police officer's apparent suicide. Sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is assigned to investigate, and the depth of corruption he uncovers is staggering. Mob bosses socialize with cops and high-ranking politicians; everyone, it seems, is on the take. Incorruptible, Bannion pushes on, but when he gets too close to the answer, his family must pay the ultimate price. Lang's control over his drama is impeccable, and the film moves toward its grim climax with a relentless, clockwork efficiency. The Big Heat also features a superb supporting cast. Lee Marvin shines in his chilling portrayal of a malevolent psychopath who, at one point, splashes a pot of scalding coffee over his girlfriend's face. And the luminous Gloria Grahame brings a touching vulnerability to her role as a reformed gangster's moll.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0043396306011
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
7:08:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Martin Scorsese on Murder by Contract, The Sniper and The Big Heat; Michael Mann on The Big Heat; The influence of Noir with Christopher Nolan (The Lineup); Commentary with authors Eddie Muller and James Ellroy on The Lineup; Commentary with author Eddie Muller on The Sniper

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adolphe Menjou Lieutenant Kafka
Eli Wallach Dancer
Glenn Ford Dave Bannion
Guy Madison Al Mercer
Vincent Edwards Claude
Arthur Franz Eddie Miller
Gloria Grahame Debby Marsh
Kim Novak Kay Greylek
Phillip Pine Marc
Robert Keith Julian
Brian Keith Brick
Gerald Mohr Sgt. Ferris
Herschel Bernardi George
Jocelyn Brando Katie Bannion
Warner Anderson Insp. Guthrie
Alexander Scourby Mike Lagana
Alvy Moore Roy
Caprice Toriel Billie Williams
Marie Windsor Jean Darr
Richard Jaeckel Sandy McLain
Frank Faylen Inspector Anderson
Lee Marvin Vince Stone
Mary Laroche Dorothy Bradshaw
Michael Granger Moon
William Conrad Eric Berg

Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director
Edward Dmytryk Director
Fritz Lang Director
Irving Lerner Director
Phil Karlson Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1 / The Sniper
1. Scene 1 [7:38]
2. Scene 2 [5:34]
3. Scene 3 [7:00]
4. Scene 4 [7:45]
5. Scene 5 [6:33]
6. Scene 6 [6:52]
7. Scene 7 [6:44]
8. Scene 8 [7:18]
9. Scene 9 [7:44]
10. Scene 10 [7:50]
11. Scene 11 [7:13]
12. Scene 12 [9:37]
Disc #2 -- Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1 / The Big Heat
1. Scene 1 [1:00]
2. Scene 2 [6:58]
3. Scene 3 [8:53]
4. Scene 4 [9:41]
5. Scene 5 [4:46]
6. Scene 6 [9:44]
7. Scene 7 [4:07]
8. Scene 8 [4:14]
9. Scene 9 [12:31]
10. Scene 10 [5:43]
11. Scene 11 [11:38]
12. Scene 12 [10:08]
Disc #3 -- Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1 / 5 Against the House
1. Scene 1 [7:07]
2. Scene 2 [6:12]
3. Scene 3 [6:43]
4. Scene 4 [8:39]
5. Scene 5 [8:25]
6. Scene 6 [4:21]
7. Scene 7 [7:10]
8. Scene 8 [5:44]
9. Scene 9 [7:05]
10. Scene 10 [7:05]
11. Scene 11 [7:10]
12. Scene 12 [7:22]
Disc #4 -- Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1 / The Lineup
1. Scene 1 [5:44]
2. Scene 2 [7:00]
3. Scene 3 [8:49]
4. Scene 4 [5:41]
5. Scene 5 [9:37]
6. Scene 6 [6:24]
7. Scene 7 [6:40]
8. Scene 8 [4:23]
9. Scene 9 [5:18]
10. Scene 10 [9:52]
11. Scene 11 [7:15]
12. Scene 12 [9:41]
Disc #5 -- Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1 / Murder by Contract
1. Scene 1 [8:07]
2. Scene 2 [5:07]
3. Scene 3 [6:09]
4. Scene 4 [6:39]
5. Scene 5 [6:56]
6. Scene 6 [5:39]
7. Scene 7 [6:17]
8. Scene 8 [6:11]
9. Scene 9 [7:17]
10. Scene 10 [7:11]
11. Scene 11 [8:38]
12. Scene 12 [6:05]

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