Across the Pacific Reviews

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May 21, 2015
good WWII pic made during WWII
June 6, 2014
It's plot is uninvolving, uninteresting, and lacks suspense. That is this films downfall...the writing. The first fault of the film was trying to recreate the magic of the classic predecessor, "The Maltese Falcon". It cast the central three actors "Maltese" had (Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet) and attached the same director (John Huston), to the project. Unfortunately, the writers of "Across the Pacific" aren't nearly as skillful as John Huston was (he also wrote "The Maltese Falcon". The actors give fine performances, as was to be expected, but the film still cannot hold one's attention since the action i so uneventful. The film doesn't string us along like "The Maltese Falcon" did, instead it goes event to event, with boring characters and bland situations. It also doesn't help that these writers attempted to write in a sub-plot love story, which is usually a bad idea. Overall, this movie actually had potential, but the writing is so boring, and the visuals of the film are so bland, that suspense and thrills are never built, ultimately creating nothing interesting.
June 1, 2014
takes a wile to get good
½ March 30, 2014
We're going to know each other eventually, why not now?

Rick Leland was put in a bad situation by his country that caused him to be deported. He meets a beautiful girl on a train ride to Japan and they quickly become acquainted. It is now quite apparent if Rick was indeed deported or if he is a secret spy. The beautiful girl may be a spy also; either way, their business associates in Japan become suspicious of their intentions fairly quickly.

"How do girls usually act when they're kissed?"
"They don't turn green."

John Huston, director of The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would be King, Moulin Rouge, Key Largo, and The Asphalt Jungle, delivers Across the Pacific. The storyline for this picture is interesting but not as intense as some of Hitchcock's work in the same genre. The script and acting is wonderful and the cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Green Street, and Frank Wilcox.

"You make me sick and if you stay here one minute longer I'll prove it to you."

I grabbed this movie off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) when I discovered Bogart and Huston made this together. I am a huge fan of Key Largo and was hoping this would be on par with that picture; unfortunately, this fell a little short. This is an entertaining classic film with solid characters and great lines but wasn't as good as it could have been.

"I pity the woman you marry."

Grade: B-
½ March 16, 2013
Impetuous, easy-going and very enjoyable spy picture--Bogie playing Bogie...only Peter Lorre is missing!!
½ December 25, 2011
Certainly not in the same class as "The Maltese Falcon", which shared the same director and three stars. Unfortunately, this film is littered with ugly racist stereotypes against the Japanese throughout, and also has a somewhat meandering and unengaging story. Still, it's hard not enjoy a film directed by John Huston and featuring Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, at least on some level.
Super Reviewer
½ November 13, 2011
Though a failure for Huston and Bogart compared to it's predecessor (The Maltese Falcon), this political thriller still entertains. Features great performances from Bogart and Greenstreet.
½ August 18, 2011
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, and director John Huston return to capitalize on their success of the previous year's "The Maltese Falcon" with "Across the Pacific". OK, it's obvious from the start that this one won't be nearly as good, but hey, with Bogart in the lead and Huston as a director, there's no way this is gonna go wrong, especially when that duo made "The African Queen" together too! This one might not be as genius as "The Maltese Falcon", but none of the lines fall short and are witty and fun throughout the movie. You get some standard espionage fun, some steamy chemistry between Humphrey and Mary that might even be better than before, great one-liners from the loveable Greenstreet, and plenty of fun action scenes to top it all off. Even the supposed boat they film on seems kinda realistic. What's not to like? OK, fine, maybe the way they portray Asians is almost laughable, but Bogarts buddy "Should-a-Be" has got some humor--right? Oh well. "Across the Pacific" might not be a classic or even a great movie for that matter, but Bogie fans will simply eat it up.
½ December 26, 2010
On Demand. Well done if you like Bogart
½ June 3, 2010
Another cool Bogart film, one though does not have much exposure and popularity as other classics such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, or Casablanca. I thought the film was really interesting and how Greenstreet worked with Axis powers, Japan in this case, rather than the allies. Also, the fact that the relation between Bogart and Astor was contrast than in the film The Maltese Falcon, where there was very little love between them. I actually enjoyed this film and it is worth the watch. By the way, the title for this film is irrelevant because the original director was summoned to serve in World War II.
½ January 11, 2010
Across the Pacific (1942)

One of the best early Warner Brother's war movies. Directed by John Huston and features Bogart, as Rick Leland, a dishonorably discharged U.S. Army officer trying to offer his services to anyone who'll take him. This is all taking place before the attack on Pearl Harbor, so the audience knows something that only Rick suspects.

Rick's easy pickings for Dr. Lorenz (Sidney Greenstreet) who he meets on a Japanese ship heading back from Canada to New York and will eventually head to Japan via the Panama Canal. Rick can be a big help to Dr. Lorenz's friends.

I also loved Mary Astor's portrayal of Alberta Marlow from Red Deer, Canada, who might or might not be a Japanese spy. I've only seen her in movies where she's played ultra melodramatic roles (Red Dust and The Maltese Falcon) and in this one she's acts much more natural. She even does a little light comedy and shows off some legs.

This movie also stars most of the more popular Asian-American actors of the time, from Richard Loo, Philip Ahn, Keye Luke, Ruby Robles, and Chester Gan. Nobody was acting in "yellow face" in this movie which I loved. One thing that I felt uncomfortable with was Victor Sen Yung's portrayal of Joe Totsuiko, who talked in very Americanized scat, but was in fact, working for the Japanese. I got to thinking about all of those Nisei who got thrown into concentration camps because people saw this movie.

This is a great movie and well worth a look.
flixsterman
Super Reviewer
½ February 3, 2009
A product of it's time, Across the Pacific was made more for the war effort than for it's cinematic merits. If the cast seems vaguely familiar it's because many of them, including director John Huston, worked together on The Maltese Falcon just the year before. This one is minor league compared to it's predecessor, but it's still replete with Mary Astor's charm and Humphrey Bogart's machismo and that alone makes it worth watching.
July 19, 2009
This film has much to offer - espionage, romance, humor, World War II intrigue, spies, attempted bombings, action, suspense, blackmail, drama, mystery and adventure. A very entertaining mix and very successful. Fast paced, taut direction by John Huston, a great cast with the always good team of Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Sidney Greenstreet. Never a dull moment.
sanjurosamurai
Super Reviewer
May 24, 2009
bogey and greenstreet work well together once again in this excellent tale of intrigue. the twists are great and the story is told well in what is an underrated classic helmed by the great john huston.
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ February 16, 2009
Reteaming of the three major players of the Maltese Falcon yields iffy results, the acting is good of course but the story is somewhat lackluster and uninvolving. An average effort especially from someone like Huston.
September 25, 2008
Classic Bogart entertainment. There isn't anything amazing here, but it's still fun to watch.
September 22, 2006
I did not really like this movie.
August 31, 2007
what's flixster's problem? Giving this movie three stars is a crime. This was a great flick. I don't think anyone has bigger balls when it comes to women than Bogey.
July 12, 2007
Bad classic filmmaking at its most cringingly racist.
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