Bigger Than Life (1956)
Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 min | 91 min (FMC Library Print)
Sound Mix: Mono (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Color: Color (Color by Deluxe)
Aspect Ratio: 2.55 : 1
Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau
Director: Nicholas Ray Writers: Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum
Producer: James Mason
Cinematographer: Joseph MacDonald
Editor: Louis Loeffler
Production Designers: Lyle Wheeler, Jack Martin Smith
Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Bigger Than Life is an American film made in 1956 directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Mason, who also co-wrote and produced the film, about a school teacher and family man whose life spins out of control upon becoming addicted to cortisone. The film co-stars Barbara Rush as his wife and Walter Matthau as his closest friend, a fellow teacher. Though it was a box-office flop upon its initial release, many modern critics hail it as a masterpiece and brilliant indictment of contemporary attitudes towards mental illness and addiction.