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The Big Knife

The Big Knife

The Big Knife

1955 / 111min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH

CAST: JACK PALANCE, IDA LUPINO, ROD STEIGER

BASED ON THE PLAY BY - CLIFFORD ODETS

In his typical fashion of biting any hand he damn well pleases, Aldrich adapts Clifford Odets’s stage play, a lofted middle finger to Hollywood. Aldrich brought on Jack Palance in the role of Charlie Castle (a forerunner to his Jeremy Prokosch character in Contempt), a once-principled movie star haunted by his conscience and hemmed in by handlers, gossip columnists, and studio extortionists besieging the claustrophobic living room of his Bel Air palace.