The Big Combo
The Big Combo (1955)

The Big Combo is an interesting, somewhat innovative crime drama. Filmed in stark black and white by the noted cinematographer John Alton, an honest cop Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) fights it out with a powerful mob boss Mr. Brown… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It is done with grim melodramatics that are hard-hitting despite a rambling, not-too-credible plot, and is cut out to order for the meller fan who likes his action rough and raw.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Terrific gangster movie.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A fatalistic symphony of light and shade.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Where the usual noir takes place in a nightmare world, this one seems to inhabit a dream: there's no longer fear in the images, but rather a distanced, idealized beauty.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Noir wasn't new in 1955, but The Big Combo still found plenty of life within its limits.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Brilliant mix of genuine mystery, film noir, and creative visuals.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

A sputtering, misguided antique.

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Fernando F. Croce

A pond of shifting alliances and kinks

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Shadows and lies are the stars of The Big Combo, a spellbinding black-and-white chiaroscuro with the segmented texture of a spider's web.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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Cornel Wilde stars as detective in love with society girl and gangster's moll Jean Wallace whose suicide attempt gives him the name "Alicia"; the… More
Michael Gildea
The Big Combo left me kind of flustered when it was over for a couple of reasons. First, the story was pretty weak. Cornel Wilde as the worn out and obsessed… More
Stephen Earnest
The characters in "The Big Combo" aren't well-drawn or well-acted and there lies one of the film's biggest problems. While the script does… More