The Big Knife

The Big Knife

  • 1955
  • Not Rated
  • 111 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama, film-noir

An unscrupulous movie producer blackmails an unhappy star - who opted for box-office success over art- into signing a new contract.

Director: Robert Aldrich

Writer: James Poe

Stars: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey

The Big Knife (1955)


  • Robert Aldrich
    Robert Aldrich
    Robert Aldrich was an American film director, writer and producer, notable for such films as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Dirty Dozen (1967). Born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward Burgess Aldrich. He was a grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and a cousin of Nelson Rockefeller. He...

Main Cast


Tagline: A journey to the dark heart of Hollywood.

Certificate: Not Rated

Genres: crime, drama, film-noir

Keywords: movie business, film noir

Categories: murder plot, femme fatale, marriage, actor, hollywood california, drunkenness, showbiz, price of fame, film industry, blackmail


Producer: Robert Aldrich

Editor: Michael Luciano

Director of photography: Ernest Laszlo

Original music composer: Frank De Vol

Production design: Edward G. Boyle

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 111 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Spanish

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

Color: Black and White

Also Known As

  • Il grande coltello (IT)