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Bigger than life

Bigger than life

Ray, Nicholas

This combination of searing melodrama and subversive social critique is one of the key American films of the 1950s, a high point in the careers of lead actor James Mason and director Nicholas Ray. Mason gives one of his best ever performances as Ed Avery, a happily married schoolteacher who agrees to take a new 'miracle drug' when diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. It is not long before the medication begins producing malevolent and murderous side-effects that bring to the fore all of Ed's long-repressed frustrations with his life. Barbara Rush plays Ed's devoted wife, Christopher Olsen is his cruelly punished son and Walter Matthau appears as his faithful colleague

DVD. English.
Published London: BFI Video Publishing, 1956 (2007)
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Statement of responsibility: directed by Nicholas Ray; produced by James Mason; written by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum
BBFC classification: 12
Note: Credits: music, David Raksin.
Note: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Christopher Olsen.
Physical Description: DVD (91 min.) : col.
Other Number: BFIVD672
Subject: American film; Melodrama