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Big Combo, The

Title: 
Big Combo, The
Year: 
1955
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Lewis, Joseph H
Language: 
English
Country: 
United States
Genre: 
Noir
Actors: 
Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman
Film Reviews: 

Terrific gangster movie, although - despite the syndicate shenanigans promised by the title - it's more of a film noir focusing on the private, obsessional duel between Wilde's cop and Conte's gangster, each variously haunted by a woman and virtually becoming the other's alter ego during the course of their deadly vendetta. A film structured by viciousness and pain (amplified by two peculiarly hideous torture scenes involving a hearing aid), it's a dark night of several souls perfectly visualised in John Alton's extraordinary camerawork. Even better than Lewis' earlier and remarkable Gun Crazy. [Tom Milne]

Date Arrival: 
29 January 2010

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