The Big Knife

The Big Knife

Director: Robert Aldrich Cast: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey

Blu-ray (Bonus DVD)

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Robert Aldrich's screen adaptation of Clifford Odets' stage play reflects the quandary of the writer's later career; the golden boy of the Group Theater in the '30s, when his plays were the toast of Broadway, his talent seemed to wither after a number of years in the screenwriting trenches, and a revulsion for what he saw as hackwork combined with his capitulation to HUAC to blight his final decade. Jack Palance stars as Charlie Castle, a major film star who has refused to sign a long-term contract for big money with a studio run by the tyrannical Stanley Hoff (Rod Steiger). This has led to the return of his wife, Marion (Ida Lupino), who had left him due to his womanizing and a willingness to kowtow to Hoff in doing bad movies only for the money. After his agent, Nat Danziger (Everett Sloane), tries unsuccessfully to get him to reconsider, Hoff himself badgers Charlie, insisting on the absolute necessity of his signing. When the star continues to resist, Hoff threatens to blackmail him with an ugly incident from his past.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2017
UPC: 0760137035787
Original Release: 1955
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 5,504

Special Features

Brand-new 2k restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p); Original English Mono Audio Uncompressed LPCM; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing; Commentary by film critics Glenn Kenny and Nick Pinkerton, recorded exclusively for this release; Bass on Titles - Saul Bass, responsible for The Big Knife's credit sequence, discusses some of his classic work in this self-directed documentary from 1972; Rare television promo hosted by Jack Palance, Shelley Winters ; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Palance Charlie Castle
Ida Lupino Marion Castle
Wendell Corey Smiley Coy
Rod Steiger Stanley Hoff
Shelley Winters Dixie Evans
Jean Hagen Connie Bliss
Ilka Chase Patty Benedict
Everett Sloane Nat Danziger
Wesley Addy Hank Teagle
Paul Langton Buddy Bliss
Nick Dennis Mickey Feeney
Bill Walker Russell
Michael Winkelman Billy Castel
Robert Sherman Bongo Player
Strother Martin Stillman
Michael Fox Announcer
Ralph Volkie Referee
Mel Welles Bearded Man
Ernst R. von Theumer Bearded Man
Richard Boone Narrator
Robert Emhardt Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
Frank deVol Score Composer
William Glasgow Art Director
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Michael Luciano Editor
James Poe Screenwriter

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