The Big Knife

1955

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 2819

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Shelley Winters as Dixie Evans
Jack Palance as Charles Castle
Rod Steiger as Stanley Shriner Hoff
Strother Martin as Stillman
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1hr 51 min
P/S 11 / 38

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gws-2 7 / 10

Overwritten and overacted -- what's not to like

"The Big Knife" is really a stage play recorded on film. It's a Hollywood soap opera that features a lot of good actors eating the scenery. Rod Steiger and Everett Sloan are great as the monstrous studio honcho and weaselly agent, respectively. Jack Palance is a competent actor but was woefully miscast as the sensitive, tortured matinée idol -- nobody would ever confuse Palance with a matinée idol. Nevertheless, he does an adequate job.

The power of the studio system in the '50s is well depicted, if a bit overwrought. Steiger's performance is particularly delicious as his toweringly self-centered character cries, wheedles, and intimidates his underlings into doing what he wants.

The movie is showing its age but its excesses, especially its colorful language, are a lot of fun. Recommended, 7 out of 10.

Reviewed by guilfisher-1 10 / 10

Adaption of Odets play a classic.

This 1955 film was adapted from a play by Clifford Odets and James Poe. It is a dark study of the seedier side of Hollywood of it's time. Making all involved not such pleasant people. It centers around a top movie star, Charlie Castle (played brilliantly by Jack Palance) who wants out of the movie limelight in order to move on to better high grade films. But, the movie studios are not that eager to lose their sexy star. Most of the film is about Charlie and his struggle to come out ahead. With the studio boss (one of Rod Steiger's better roles), his wife (the wonderful Ida Lupino in another terrific performance); the sleezy studio promo man (Wendell Corey in a delicious underplayed role); and the agent (one of Everett Sloane's best performances). Also rounding out this stellar cast are Jean Hagen, as the wife of Charlie's best friend, and a gal out to get Charlie in bed, and Shelly Winters, who does well as a sort of dumb blonde being used by the studio to entertain executives. Thinking this is the way to become a movie star.

Robert Aldrich directed this classic with a deft touch and excellent interplay with his cast. A simple set allows the actors to do their work without the Hollywood tinsel. Made in black and white, this is drama at its best and the stars at their best. See this amazing film if you're an actor. It will teach you much.

Reviewed by inframan 9 / 10

Tremendously powerful movie

Jack Palance gives an amazing performance here in a part that so many other actors must have been dying to play. You can picture a lot of actors of the time - Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando - as Charlie Castle, but I can't picture anyone as good as Palance. It's a riveting movie from start top finish with one great line after another. Almost Shakespearean in breadth, depth & power.

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