Key Largo (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

Key Largo (1948)




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Movie Info

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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Brooks, John Huston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures


Humphrey Bogart
as Frank McCloud
Edward G. Robinson
as Johnny Rocco
Lauren Bacall
as Nora Temple
Lionel Barrymore
as James Temple
Claire Trevor
as Gaye Dawn
John Rodney
as Deputy Clyde Sawyer
Dan Seymour
as Angel Garcia
Monte Blue
as Sheriff Ben Wade
Jay Silverheels
as John Osceola
Rodd Redwing
as Tom Osceola
William Haade
as Ralph Feeney
Luther Crockett
as Ziggy's Henchman
Joe P. Smith
as Bus Driver
Felipa Gomez
as Old Indian Woman
Jerry Jerome
as Ziggy's Henchman
John Phillips
as Ziggy's Henchman
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Critic Reviews for Key Largo

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Emphasis is on tension in the telling, and effective use of melodramatic mood has been used to point up the suspense.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Top Critic

Although the characters are basically stereotypes, they are lent the gift of life by a superlative cast.

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

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.

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

First seen soaking in a tub while chomping on a cigar, Robinson arises from the water to put a stranglehold on the film.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
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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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Tight thriller with a top notch cast. Claire Trevor deserved her Oscar for broken down singer Gae Dawn she's heartbreakingly wonderful.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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