The Big Heat Movie Review Summary

Actors: Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, Gloria Grahame, Alexander Scourby, Jocelyn Brando

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When the head of the police department's records office apparently commits suicide, tough, honest cop Sergeant Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) is assigned to the case.
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When a shady B-girl (Dorothy Green) who was seeing the victim and claims to have evidence is found brutally murdered, Bannion traces the crime to Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby), a local Mafia chieftan who has everyone from the police commissioner (Howard Wendell) on down on his payroll.

Bannion won't give up on the case, though, and he finally draws the crime lord's ire, leading to the death of his wife (Jocelyn Brando) in a car bomb set by Lagana's brutal enforcer (Lee Marvin).

Infuriated by the refusal of the corrupt police department to pursue Lagana, Bannion hands in his badge, teaming up with a disfigured former gang moll (Gloria Grahame) to wage a war with the Mob.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   Mafia conflict

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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