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
Jan 1, 1948 Limited
Feb 15, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Edward G. Robinson
Sheriff Ben Wade
Marc Lawrence I
Deputy Clyde Sawyer
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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.
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