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The Big Knife (1955)

The Big Knife (1955)

Released: 1955
Genre: crime, drama, Movie
Director: Robert Aldrich
Starring: Wendell Corey, Ida Lupino, Jack Palance,,
Run time: 111 min
IMDb: 6.9/10
Country: USA


Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this screen adaptation of a Clifford Odets play, Castle is pressured by his studio boss and manipulated into a potentially murderous cover-up to protect his career. An indictment of the amoral world of 50’s Hollywood and its corrosive effect upon the artist.
Written by
Thomas Robbin
User Reviews: 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.