Bigger Than Life Poster

Release Date: August 2nd, 1956

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2010

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
After schoolteacher Ed Avery (James Mason) faints and is hospitalized, doctors diagnose him with a fatal arterial illness and tell him he has a few months to live. Ed agrees to an experimental treatment with cortisone, and makes what appears to be a miraculous recovery. However, upon his return home, his wife, Lou (Barbara Rush), notices severe mood shifts in him. His friend and coworker Wally (Walter Matthau) also perceives the changes, and discovers that Ed has been abusing the cortisone.

Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Christopher Olsen, Roland Winters, Rusty Lane, Rachel Stephens

Director: Nicholas Ray

Genres: Drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Friend, School, Son, 1940s, Gripping, Transformation, Intense, Wife, Small town, Doctor, Hospital, Fall, Dark