The Breaking Point (1950)





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Movie Info

In this film, John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, an ex-PT boat captain who runs a charter-boat service in Southern California. Deeply in debt, Morgan agrees to smuggle aliens. By the time he's been given a wake-up call by his conscience, Morgan has caused the death of a friend.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ranald MacDougall
In Theaters:
Warner Home Video - Official Site


as Harry Morgan

as Leona Charles

as Lucy Morgan

as Wesley Park

as Duncan

as Rogers

as Hannagan

as Mr. Sing

as Charlie

as Dock Attendant

as Bartender

as 1st Chinese Cook

as Mrs. Cooley

as Leona's Party

as Deputy

as Mr. Phillips

as Taxi Driver

as Reporter

as Coast Guardsman

as Leona's Escort

as Boatswain
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Critic Reviews for The Breaking Point

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Clearly the best movie adaptation of a Hemingway novel.

Full Review… | March 21, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Breaking Point


Superior performances in this rough well made film. In his second to last film, a much truer version of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not than the Bogie/Bacall film, Garfield is nothing short of brilliant making his early death and the loss of his talent all the clearer. Patricia Neal has one of her best if not the best role of her early Hollywood career and she's great as the been around wise girl who has a yen for Garfield. She and Phyllis Thaxter, also very fine, provide an interesting contrast as women who are miles apart but also similar in many ways. The fact that the two actresses share a resemblance helps make the point even clearer. Worth seeking out.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

good drama mostly over looked but hemingway always said this was his fave movie version of his stuff

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