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Key Largo (1948)

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Richard Brooks and John Huston's screenplay for Huston's Key Largo eschews the lofty blank verse of Maxwell Anderson's original play, concentrating instead on the simmering tensions among the many characters. Humphrey Bogart plays Frank McCloud, an embittered war veteran who travels to Key Largo in Florida, there to meet Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), the wife of his deceased war buddy. Arriving at a tumbledown hotel managed by Nora's father-in-law James Temple (Lionel Barrymore), McCloud

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Feb 15, 2000

Warner Bros. Pictures

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A little windy and rhetorical for my taste, but still one of John Huston's best efforts.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Emphasis is on tension in the telling, and effective use of melodramatic mood has been used to point up the suspense.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Although the characters are basically stereotypes, they are lent the gift of life by a superlative cast.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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First seen soaking in a tub while chomping on a cigar, Robinson arises from the water to put a stranglehold on the film.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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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.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Perfeclty tense atmosphere and performances, with the sparks flying between Bogart and Bacall.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Huston's wayward talent seldom lacked energy.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Edward G. Robinson deserves special praise.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Great cast headed by Bogart in Huston classic.

June 7, 2007
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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.

August 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Exciting crime thriller set in the Florida Keys during a late summer hurricane.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Taut Huston thriller with an unbeatable cast.

February 12, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Bogart's half-dozen best, a tense and atmospheric classic.

January 9, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Key Largo will always be remembered during hurricane season

September 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

This production is loaded with wit, and even though it's obvious from the start that Frank's going to be the hero, you can't help feeling the tension and pleading with him to do the right thing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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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.
March 8, 2012
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Tight thriller with a top notch cast. Claire Trevor deserved her Oscar for broken down singer Gae Dawn she's heartbreakingly wonderful.
January 26, 2012
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jay nixon

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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.
November 14, 2011
Graham Jones

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I liked this movie, not only for the great cast, but the great story too. Two bad situations, gangsters and a hurricane, make for an interesting movie.
October 24, 2010
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