The Big Knife

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The Hollywood sterotypes are strictly Odets, but it's viciously done and features a tour de force performance from Palance as a tinseltown hunk with a dark, dishonest secret. Director Aldrich's unflinching use of a candid, almost documentary style results in a devastating mirror image of Hollywood at its most ruthless. It's entirely grim vision, uncompromising...read more

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The Hollywood sterotypes are strictly Odets, but it's viciously done and features a tour de force performance from Palance as a tinseltown hunk with a dark, dishonest secret. Director Aldrich's unflinching use of a candid, almost documentary style results in a devastating mirror image of Hollywood at its most ruthless. It's entirely grim vision, uncompromising and without compassion, irrespective of the name-dropping of real personalities (Kazan, Wilder, Wyler, etc.) to authenticate the atmosphere. The script blares the philosophy that it is not only windy at the top but also lethal.

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  • Review: The Hollywood sterotypes are strictly Odets, but it's viciously done and features a tour de force performance from Palance as a tinseltown hunk with a dark, dishonest secret. Director Aldrich's unflinching use of a candid, almost documentary style results… (more)

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