The Big Knife
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The original Broadway production of Clifford Odets' +The Big Knife starred John Garfield. The film version stars Jack Palance, not an unfair exchange, but certainly an offbeat one. Palance plays big-time movie star Charlie Castle, who refuses to sign a binding, $3,000 per week contract with Louis B. Mayer-like mogul Stanley Hoff (Rod Steiger). Charlie is supported in this by his wife Marion (Ida Lupino), who'd previously left him because of his sexual peccadilloes but who admires his courage. Hoff tries to blackmail Castle into re-signing by revealing that Charlie was behind the wheel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"A Tinseltown exposť like a manicured hand clenched into a fist"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A stinging film on Hollywood's studio system."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
" antiquated misfire."
‑ David Nusair, Apollo Guide
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