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The Big Heat

Fritz Lang

To coincide with new release Films Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, an adaptation of Peter Turner’s memoir about his romance with Gloria Grahame, we are thrilled to shine a light on two of her greatest performances: The Big Heat and In a Lonely Place.

"A masterpiece of great moral complexity..."

One of the all-time great film noirs by one of the undisputed masters of the form, Fritz Lang, The Big Heat stars the incomparable Glenn Ford as Dave Bannion, a homicide detective who descends into the underworld in search of revenge when his wife is murdered. In the mire, he comes across a remorseless thug (a brilliantly volatile Lee Marvin) and his moll (Gloria Grahame), who decides to help Bannion in the hope of redemption.

One of the toughest films of Hollywood’s golden age, The Big Heat is a masterpiece of great moral complexity, directed with stark economy by Lang.