in about 100 words or less
US 95m, Colour
Director: Nicholas Ray; Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Christopher Olsen, Roland Winters
Bigger Than Life is a family drama that examines 1950s American family values, mental illness and drug addiction. Ed Avery, a loving and hard-working husband is diagnosed with a painful and deadly arterial disease for which he is given less than a year to live. His only hope is an experimental drug that triggers unforeseen changes in his personality. Mason’s gradual transformation into a raging psychopath is realistic, unsettling and one of his best (Klaus Ming March 2015).