Key Largo (1948)
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In this film, Humphrey Bogart plays Frank McCloud, an embittered war veteran who travels to Key Largo to meet Nora Temple, the wife of his deceased war buddy. Arriving at a tumbledown hotel managed by Nora's father-in-law, McCloud discovers that the establishment has been taken over by gangster Johnny Rocco.
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Critic Reviews for Key Largo
A little windy and rhetorical for my taste, but still one of John Huston's best efforts.
Emphasis is on tension in the telling, and effective use of melodramatic mood has been used to point up the suspense.
Although the characters are basically stereotypes, they are lent the gift of life by a superlative cast.
The script prepared by Mr. Huston and Richard Brooks was too full of words and highly cross-purposed implications to give the action full chance.
First seen soaking in a tub while chomping on a cigar, Robinson arises from the water to put a stranglehold on the film.
Trapped in a country estate by an impending storm, a mobster attempts to lay low before escaping from the police, but takes a risky gambit holding Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall hostage.
Claire Trevor won a Supporting Oscar for playing the alcoholic mistress of Edward G. Robinson's gangster in John Huston's taut crimer starring Bogart.
Perfeclty tense atmosphere and performances, with the sparks flying between Bogart and Bacall.
Great cast headed by Bogart in Huston classic.
Like the similarly sweaty, claustrophobic 12 Angry Men, Key Largo is a rare adaptation of a stage play in which the physical constraints of the stagebound source material are a strength rather than a weakness.
Exciting crime thriller set in the Florida Keys during a late summer hurricane.
Taut Huston thriller with an unbeatable cast.
One of Bogart's half-dozen best, a tense and atmospheric classic.
It ultimately pales next to other Bogart and Bacall work, though it's still a reasonably good watch that has stood up well over the last 50 years.
Audience Reviews for Key Largo
A ruthless mobster and his gang hold a group of hotel guests hostage during a hurricane on the Florida Keys. Another Noir from John (The Maltese Falcon) Huston featuring the classic pairing of Bogart and Bacall, this film does not quite live up to the promise of these ingredients but that's a hell of a pedigree to live up to. Making Bogart a do-gooder war hero and Bacall a doting widow takes the edge off their usual cynical, hard-bitten sparring and this overly wholesome approach means that the crackling chemistry they have shown in their other films is compromised. Robinson and Claire Trevor as his soused moll provide the best moments and his sneering diatribes against Bogie's moral stand are great. The hurricane enclosed setting makes for a nice pressure cooker environment in which the protagonists show their true colours and puts an interesting spin on the usual Noir ingredients. Maybe not the most original or inventive examples of the genre and it misses the firecracker dialogue of the likes of The Maltese Falcon, but it is still effective, atmospheric and constantly entertaining.More
Tight thriller with a top notch cast. Claire Trevor deserved her Oscar for broken down singer Gae Dawn she's heartbreakingly wonderful.More
Another masterpiece from John Huston, the tension rarely lets up in this fantastic film. With great performances from the whole cast and an ending that packs a punch on noir goodness.More
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