Big Combo, The

Big Combo, The

DVD Features:

    Rated: Not Rated
    Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
    Video: Black & White
    Released: March 11, 2005
    Originally Released: 1955
    Label: Alpha Video
    Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
        (unspecified) - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring         Cornel Wilde
Performer:         Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Robert Middleton, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman, Helen Walker, Jay Adler & John Hoyt
Directed by         Joseph H. Lewis
Edited by         Robert S. Eisen
Screenwriting by         Philip Yordan
Composition by         David Raskin
Produced by         Sidney Harmon
Director of Photography:         John Alton


Joseph H. Lewis' masterpiece, The Big Combo, stands alongside Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour and Fritz Lang's The Big Heat as one of the truly great film noir classics. This dark film is an unrelenting and tormented catalogue of savage violence, grotesquely black irony and dangerously obsessed sexuality.

Police detective Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) has two dangerous obsessions. He's on a reckless, hell-bent crusade to bring down smooth and sadistic gangster, Mr. Brown (Richard Conte) and wracked by insatiable desire for good-girl-gone-wrong Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), Brown's captive lover. In mortal terror, Susan is helpless to escape from the lust-filled nightmare of her life. Meanwhile, Brown's lieutenant-in-crime, McClure (Brian Donlevy) plots with cruel hoods Fante (Lee Van Cleef) and Mingo (Earl Holliman) to overthrow their boss. In Brown's unforgiving world, however, defection and disloyalty are punishable by cruel and unusual death.

Photographed by legendary master of sinister shadows, John Alton (I, the Jury; He Walked By Night; The Lady and the Monster), The Big Combo is shocking and hard-boiled Hollywood noir, and not for the faint of heart.

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