The Big Heat

January 14, 2010 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

MOVIE:  The Big Heat

NUTSHELL:  After the suicide of a fellow officer and the murder of his wife, a straight-arrow detective tries to bring down the crime lords of the city and their politician patsies.

GOOD THINGS:  Lee Marvin as one of the villains that made him so funny in out of character roles later in his career, Gloria Grahame as a carefree moll who wakes up and smells the coffee (sorry for that one), Adam Williams as a fey and really lousy gangster, those presh Army pals

BAD THINGS:  I was few minutes late and the film broke three times. (It was Friday the 13th.)

FEATURES:  Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby and his nose, Jeanette Nolan, medium rare steak, thirty-nine cent beer, the Jerry Meehan Trio

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Giggling during fight scenes.

NOTABLE:  Everyone smokes in this movie. Even the children.

BEST PART:  The closure you feel when you realize that that Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, every other cop movie plot came from somewhere good.

BEST LINE:  Shakedown? Me?

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

Entry filed under: Classic, Firebaton review.

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