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High Sierra (1941)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1941 Limited



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In a manner of speaking, Humphrey Bogart had George Raft to thank for his ascendancy to stardom: after all, if Raft hadn't turned down both High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, Bogart might have continued playing second-billed gangsters to the end of his days. Adapted from W. R. Burnett's novel by Burnett and John Huston, High Sierra opens with gangster Roy Earle (Bogart) being paroled after a lengthy prison term. Though he enjoys the fresh air and sunshine of the outside world, Earle has no


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

John Huston, W.R. Burnett

Nov 4, 2003

Warner Home Video

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A genre crossroads where gangster nostalgia gazes ahead to the antihero alienation of film noir

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Raoul Walsh's well directed crime noir marks a turning point in the career of Bogart, who became a movie star in 1941, same year in which Maltese Falcon was also released.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Unusual mix of gangster, big heist movie and romantic drama.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Remarkably, Walsh handles this potentially deadly material as if it were the most crackerjack of action pictures.

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Great Bogie crime film with an iconic ending.

June 9, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

If you like old black-and-white gangster movies where someone invariably yells "Come and get me, coppers!" you'll enjoy this.

January 5, 2004 Full Review

The Bogie and Lupino performances were razor sharp.

November 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wonderful with a tough, but poignant Bogart and loving, vulnerable Lupino. Still watchable today; the ending may bring a tear to your eye.

October 23, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for High Sierra

Bogart's first great role and great direction from Walsh makes this early noir a gangster masterpiece.
November 13, 2011
Graham Jones

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Excellent crime drama/early film noir. This was the first in Bogey's 1-2-3 punch that took him from resident Warners tough guy villian to one of the studio's leading romantic stars. He plays Roy "Mad Dog" Earle perfectly showing him as ruthless when necessary but with a core of decency that hasn't been ruined by years of hard knocks. Matching him every step of the way is the always outstanding Ida Lupino in one of her best portrayals. Her Marie is a classic hard luck case, tough on the outside but vunerable underneath. She and Bogart are an ideal match, a shame then that this was there last film together and the only one where they were paired as equals. The rest of the cast is terrific in support, including Joan Leslie, a variable actress but well used here as a seemingly nice girl who is exposed as a thoughtless, shallow grabber. Walsh's direction is aces as well with wonderful use of shadows and spaces to convey the isolation of the characters. First rate in every way.
July 10, 2011
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A perfect movie of romance and gangsters. It's exciting, dramatic, and romantic. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
September 29, 2010

Super Reviewer

High Sierra is groundbreaking cinema for at least two reasons. First, it was Bogart's first chance to prove that he could carry an entire picture as a leading man (and boy did he!). Second, unlike other crime pictures of the early 40's, it dared to portray criminal characters with some very decent human qualities. There is very little good & bad, black & white, right & wrong in this picture. Instead there are various shades of gray. Ida Lupino is wonderful (as always) but this would be the last time she ever got top billing over Bogart.

For me, this film is the perfect bridge between the crime dramas of the late 30's and the early film noir of the 1940's.

*NOTE: If you're a fan of Cornel Wilde you can catch him in a small but memorable character role.
December 13, 2009
Randy Tippy

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    1. Doc Banton: Roy, this is the land of milk and honey for the health racket. Every woman in California thinks she's either too fat or too thin or too something.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Roy Earle: I wouldn't give you two cents for a dame without a temper.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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