The Big Knife

The Big Knife

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by Clifford Odets
     
 

Tells of the last few days of Charlie Castle, a top movie star and an idealist, whose years of compromise with his beliefs for the sake of a Hollywood career have resulted in the slow destruction of his personality. We see his struggles to escape from the net of insincerity and falsehood in which he has trapped himself, and his ultimate defeat.  See more details below

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Tells of the last few days of Charlie Castle, a top movie star and an idealist, whose years of compromise with his beliefs for the sake of a Hollywood career have resulted in the slow destruction of his personality. We see his struggles to escape from the net of insincerity and falsehood in which he has trapped himself, and his ultimate defeat.

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...unfolds as an interesting, absorbing experience in writing...Written with bold strokes of authenticity, it combines philosophy with stark realism to produce a provocative play based on the subject 'success'...and moral values.

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ISBN-13:
9780822201151
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1963
Pages:
79
Sales rank:
902,678

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The Big Knife 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently saw the play for 'The Big Knife' starring Robert Beltran (Star Trek Voyager) as Charlie Castle, and it was wonderful! Even though the play is set during 1949, the message about how much control movie studios still have is just as true today as it was fifty years ago. It shows how one can 'sell their soul to the devil' just to stand in the spotlight for a while. I was very delighted with the play, and if or when it comes back around again, I strongly recommend that you see the play. But, in the mean time, read the play for yourself. I know that you'll enjoy it.