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The Big Steal [DVD]

Robert Mitchum , Jane Greer , Don Siegel    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Ramon Novarro, Patric Knowles
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Producers: Jack J. Gross
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KHX9CE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Army officer Drake Halliday (Robert Mitchum) finds himself on the run after he is framed for a payroll theft. Attempting to elude Captain Drake (William Bendix), the man appointed to bring him to justice, Halliday sets out to catch the real culprit, Fiske (Patric Knowles), who is also being pursued by Joan 'Chiquita' Graham (Jane Greer) over a debt of $2,000.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Effort. 17 April 2007
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The biggest letdown is the way that releases like this are handled by the studios. Surely the value of great films is on a par with the most important paintings and sculptures. It is hard to imagine a museum or gallery managing the works with which they are entrusted in such a shambolic and cavalier way. I suppose that when universally acknowledged master-works such as "Vertigo" are allowed to deteriorate to the point of near destruction before being 'rescued' then it should come as no surprise when, comparatively, minor works (such as this) are treated shabbily. Oh and we should be grateful that they release anything anyway.

The handling of this film is a prime example of the scant regard the studio has for both its customers and the material it releases.

Firstly it is released as 'classic noir' when in fact it's about as 'noir' as "Romancing the Stone". Then we are informed (on the cover no less) that the film is also known as "Build My Gallows High" when in fact that is the alternate name for "Out of the Past"(even a trainee should be able to get this sort of thing right). These are minor irritations when compared to the fact that this is the colourised version of the film, this would be inexcusable at the best of times, but for a film described as 'classic noir'?!.

I sat down to watch this film and, with a growing sense of disbelief and dismay, realised I had been sold a colourised version of the film. I at first assumed that I may have made a mistake and ordered the wrong copy but close examination of the packaging showed that it was clearly stated as being the B+W edition.

The thing about colourised films is that they fail to deliver on the one claim made for them.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
By Gate67
All I have to say is that the 2 stars is because I like Mitchum and because this is a fun and somewhat interesting movie. Otherwise find yourself some other version of this movie as this DVD is a disaster of major preportions. Leave it to Universal to not only exclaim on the front cover that the Big Steal is also known as Build My Gallows High, ( which actually is Out Of The Past). They also thought that all the film noir enthusuiasts out there, and Mitchum fans alike were dying to see this film released in the Turner colorized version. Don't be fooled by the back of the box where at bottom it says black and white, the movie is definitely, and ridiculously in color. Unless Universal can explain all this as a major manufacturing blunder, the people responsible should be forced to sit in a screening room and watch this horrible colorized movie until they choke.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UNIVERSAL UK DOES IT AGAIN 15 Feb 2007
This DVD contains a 'colorized' version of the film and not the original black and white.I urge all potential customers of this DVD not to bother and to boycott all 'Universal UK' releases in future. This treatment of a classic film is disgraceful and I hope that a new DVD containing the original version is released soon.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One for the Trading Standards Authority 11 Mar 2007
By Celia
I "pre-ordered" this travesty, so was not able to benefit from the above warnings. A flagrant case of misrepresentation of goods as both the back cover, and printed on the disc itself, states "B&W". It is not until you starts viewing that a disclaimer appears stating "This is a colorized version of the film originally marketed and distribted in black & white. It has been altered without the participation of the principal director, screenwriters, and other creators of the original film." Pity that wasn't on the packaging which would have saved me the irritation of having to return this rogue product.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mexican Breeze 14 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This fun and fast moving crime caper film from director Don Siegel has Robert Mitchum and lovely Jane Greer hooking up amidst a breezy atmosphere and nice scenery to make this one of Mitchum’s best films.
This is palm trees and parrots and a stolen Army payroll William Bendix thinks Mitchum has, which of course, he doesn’t. Greer is gorgeous and gets a chance to play a good girl this time around as she and Mitchum search for her ex all across Mexico while being chased by Bendix. Bendix gets held up in his pursuit at one point by a small herd of goats!
But someone is following all of them and it all comes down to a matter of ‘who do you trust’ in the end. This is top notch fun and great entertainment for Mitchum fans or just film fans. This one is well worth tracking down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Big Steal is directed by Don Siegel and adapted by Gerald Drayson Adams & Daniel Mainwaring from the short story "The Road to Carmichael`s" written by Richard Wormser. It stars Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles & Ramon Novarro. Music is by Leigh Harline and the cinematographer is Harry J. Wild.

U.S. Army Lieutenant Duke Halliday (Mitchum) is robbed of a $300,000 payroll and pursues the man responsible into Mexico. But on his tail is Captain Vincent Blake (Bendix), who suspects him of being behind the robbery himself. Meeting up with Joan Graham (Greer), it turns out that she too has an agenda with the man Duke is after. Originally suspicious of each other, the duo form an uneasy alliance in the hope of achieving their aims.

At just 71 minutes in length The Big Steal is a briskly put together movie, one that is sharply scripted, acted accordingly and directed without fuss or filler. Lensed on location in and around Mexico City to add authenticity, it gets straight into its plot from the get go. This at first gives a slight feeling of confusion, but it`s not before long when the narrative pulls together and the audience can sit back and lap up the various twists, turns and choice dialogue exchanges. More comedy crime caper than film noir stinger, The Big Steal is an enjoyable enough experience. 6.5/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this film
I liked this film, could watch it over and over again, I like the 40s and 50s look about it.
Published 10 days ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Mitchum, gave another solid performance
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Robert Mitchum movies, another good performance. and a solid performance from William Bendix and not forgetting Jane Greer a tremendous performance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy Hilton
3.0 out of 5 stars A motor chase with a familiar ending?
The "Big Steal" refers to a money grab (you do not see the actual crime being committed), nothing to do with steel girders or anything of that sort. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wilberfalse
4.0 out of 5 stars film noir classic
Mitchum at his best in this movie,smooth and laconic with a steely determination.William Bendix is cast well as his pursuer
Published 4 months ago by robert britton
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT a "film noir", but a treasure-hunt half-comedy. Kind of "Romancing...
I was somehow disappointed by this 1949 film, even if it was watchable. Below more of my impressions with some limited SPOILERS.

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Published 4 months ago by Maciej
3.0 out of 5 stars A colourised black and white film
I originally had this great film in B&W on the old video tapes. Sadly, they have ruined by tinkering with it and adding a kind of washed-out colour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Godfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible colourised version but fun film
I was like other reviewers horrified to find this was a colourised version. This should be put in the description and made clear. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. K. Sowden
3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a car chase
Robert Mitchum (Duke Halliday) is chasing Patric Knowles (Fiske) who stole an army payroll of $300,000.00 from him. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alex da Silva
1.0 out of 5 stars great film ruined by 'colourisation'
This film appears to be advertised as a black and white film noir. The truth is it isn't black and white and it isn't film noir. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Phils
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware colourisation!
We were also dismayed to find that this DVD was colourised. As it was so cheap anyway, we didn't think it worth the trouble of returning; but there should be VERY prominent... Read more
Published 22 months ago by dot
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