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The Big Heat is a crime drama in the film noir style, starring Glenn Ford and directed by Fritz Lang. Police detective Dave Bannion (Ford) is assigned to investigate another police officer's death. At first glance it appears to have been a suicide brought on by the cop in question, Tom Duncan, having had a difficult time dealing with the stresses of poor health, but Bannion is given a tip from Duncan's former mistress that makes him decide to dig deeper into the case.

The more Bannion pursues the facts the more he comes to realize that his own superiors on the force would rather have the case just go away. Corruption and organized crime involvement result in acts of violence all around Bannion as he refuses to back down from finding out the truth.

As the action heats up, an intricate plot of betrayals and cover-ups results in Bannion all but going it alone against powerful mobsters at great personal cost. His only ally is the former girlfriend of mob henchman Vince Stone (Lee Marvin), Debby (Gloria Grahame).

The Big Heat is an Crime, Drama, Thriller movie that was released in 1953 and has a run time of 1 hr 29 min. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.0.

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| 1953 | 1 hr 29 min | 8.0/10
Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby
Columbia Pictures
Fritz Lang
Produced By
Robert Arthur

Also starring Gloria Grahame

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