The Big Combo [DVD] [1955]

  • SKU: 21695148
  • Release Date: 09/24/2013
  • Rating: NR
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The Big Combo
Police Lt. Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) is criticized by his superior Capt. Peterson (Robert Middleton) for his obsessive but fruitless investigation of organized crime boss Mr. Brown (Richard Conte). Peterson calls it a waste of the taxpayers' money motivated by Diamond's love for Brown's girlfriend Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace). Watched at all times by henchmen Mingo (Earl Holliman) and Fante (Lee Van Cleef), and masochistically drawn to Brown, Susan is unable to walk away from him. She overdoses on pills in a suicide attempt and, in her delirium, utters the name "Alicia." Diamond follows up on that new lead, and as he gets closer to defeating his adversary, the arrogant and sadistic Brown retaliates by capturing and torturing Diamond. Meanwhile Brown's former boss but now humiliated underling, Joe McClure (Brian Donlevy), believing that Brown has gone too far in his personal vendetta against Diamond, tries to enlist Mingo and Fante in overthrowing him. However, they remain loyal, and, in a chillingly silent scene visually punctuated by flashes of gunfire, they shoot the deaf McClure after Brown removes his hearing aid. Though superficially a story of good vs. evil, Joseph H. Lewis's film noir presents a complex world, visually captured by John Alton's stark photography, in which the lines between good/evil and love/hate are not always clear. ~ Steve Press, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Cornel Wilde
    Cornel Wilde - Leonard Diamond
  • Richard Conte
    Richard Conte - Mr. Brown
  • Brian Donlevy
    Brian Donlevy - McClure
  • Jean Wallace
    Jean Wallace - Susan Lowell
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    Robert Middleton - Peterson

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything You Can Ask for in a Film Noir Classic!


    This idea of aesthetic torture is taken to the extreme in Joseph H. Lewis’ film noir classic The Big Combo (1955). In one particular scene, crime boss Mr. Brown utilizes a jazz record and a hearing aid, among other things, as instruments of terror. Mr. Brown attaches the hearing aid to his overly obsessive pursuer, Police Lt. Leonard Diamonds' ear, cranks the volume of the record, and stuns the Lt.'s eardrum until he passes out. Pulsating lights are also a structuring motif of death throughout the entire film. Much tribute is paid to this film, with direct references its characters, by Reservoir Dogs (1992), a film by a certain somebody named Quentin Tarantino.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Classic!

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    One of the great noir films and it looks amazing on Blu-ray! While this film can be seen for free on various sites, nothing compares this high definition release. Do yourself a favor and add The Big Combo to your collection.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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    This is another example of a great film noir. I love this movie.

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