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The Big Knife
7 Rating
(28 ratings)
6.9 IMDB rating

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Jack Palance

Jack Palance

Charles Castle
Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino

Marion Castle
Wendell Corey

Wendell Corey

Smiley Coy
Jean Hagen

Jean Hagen

Connie Bliss
Rod Steiger

Rod Steiger

Stanley Shriner Hoff
Ilka Chase

Ilka Chase

Patty Benedict
Everett Sloane

Everett Sloane

Nat Danziger
Wesley Addy

Wesley Addy

Horatio 'Hank' Teagle


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James Poe

James Poe

Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets

(stage play)


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The Big Knife

1 year, 6 months ago at May 2 18:55
The problem isn’t that the film isn’t any good, on the contrary, it’s quite entertaining, and it’s that the script never sells the central problem as some huge life-altering event. Somehow the trials and tribulations of an actor being strong-armed into signing a seven-year contract and wanting to expand into more artistic and challenging material just seems too slight for this kind of gran... read more
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Release date: 25 November 1955
UPC: 027616880147
Film Noir (2), Corruption (1), Actor (1), 1950s (1), Drama (1), 1955 (1), Usa (1), Fame (1), Celebrity (1), Producer (1), Cinema Industry (1), Hollywood (1), Filmmaking (1)
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The Big Knife

“The problem isn’t that the film isn’t any good, on the contrary, it’s quite entertaining, and it’s that the script never sells the central problem as some huge life-altering event. Somehow the trials and tribulations of an actor being strong-armed into signing a seven-year contract and wanting to expand into more artistic and challenging material just seems too slight for this kind of grandeur. In small doses and in fleeting supporting roles The Big Knife can sell it, but those are the exceptions to the rule.

Jack Palance’s artistic integrity as an actor isn’t a very burning issue, and The Big Knife is far better when detailing how his sordid past behavior is constantly coming back to haunt him, make a mess of his family life and constantly silenced by the studio for ” read more

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