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The Big Heat
Directed by Fritz Lang • 1953 • United States
Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin
Fritz Lang’s hard-boiled cop vs. criminals yarn stars Glenn Ford as Dave Bannion, a police detective and family man driven by grief to conduct a relentless vendetta against a mobster (Alexander Scourby) and his brutal henchman (Lee Marvin). Once dedicated to protect and serve, Bannion sacrifices everything—principles, career, and even the woman who comes to him for protection—in a rage to destroy his gangland foes.