The Big Night


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.'


Release details

75 mins

Cast and crew

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