The Big Combo
The Big Combo (1955)

The Big Combo is a nervous, claustrophobic gangster picture directed by the always fascinating Joseph H. Lewis. Cornel Wilde is an honest 90-buck-per-week cop who runs afoul of mob boss Richard Conte. Failing to bribe Wilde into laying off,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 13, 1955
DVD 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.

TV 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: 82% 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