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The Big Night

  • Film
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Time Out says

Losey's last American film before his European exile opens on a note strikingly reminiscent of The Killers: a sensitive 17-year-old boy (Barrymore) watches in shattered disbelief as the father he hero-worships (Foster) tamely submits to a brutal thrashing at the hands of a crippled sports reporter (St John). Then, wandering with vengeful gun through a seedy nighttown inferno of bars, boxing-rings and nightclubs, he gradually discovers why in a process of growing up. Intense, sharply characterised, brilliantly shot by Hal Mohr, it works extremely well even though Losey subsequently objected to the chronological narrative imposed by producer Philip Waxman: 'It had been planned in a frame of flashback.'
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Release Details

  • Duration:75 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Joseph Losey
  • Screenwriter:Stanley Ellin, Joseph Losey
  • Cast:
    • John Barrymore Jr
    • Preston Foster
    • Howland Chamberlin
    • Howard St John
    • Dorothy Comingore
    • Joan Lorring
    • Philip Bourneuf
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