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To Have and Have Not (1944)

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97

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 1

With Howard Hawks directing and Bogey and Bacall in front of the cameras, To Have and Have Not benefits from several levels of fine-tuned chemistry -- all of which ignite on screen.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

With Howard Hawks directing and Bogey and Bacall in front of the cameras, To Have and Have Not benefits from several levels of fine-tuned chemistry -- all of which ignite on screen.

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Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Morgan, owner-operator of charter boat in wartime Martinique. Morgan's right-hand man is Eddie (Walter Brennan), a garrulous alky whose pet question to anyone and everyone is "Ever get stung by a dead bee?" While in port, Harry is approached by Free French activist Gerard (Marcel Dalio), who wants to charter Harry's boat to smuggle in an important underground leader. Adopting his usual I-stick-my-neck-out-for-no-one stance, Morgan refuses. Later on, he starts up a

Nov 4, 2003

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (1) | DVD (8)

In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Bogart is in his usual metier, a tough guy who, no less, has the facility of making a dame go for him, instead of he for her. That's where Bacall comes in.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Bogie and Bacall fell in love while making the film, and their scenes reflect this, giving To Have and Have Not a degree of emotional presence that is unusual in the 'bite on the bullet' world of Hawks.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is entertaining in its own right, and representative of the era in which it was produced, but, aside from the legendary interaction between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, there are only moderate reasons to recommend the film.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies.

January 10, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Bacall slinks onto the screen asking Bogart for matches and walks away with the entire movie.

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Unfussily directed, To Have And Have Not is packed with memorable exchanges in shadowy interiors, and showcases the husky-voiced Bacall at her most insolent and alluring.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Stylish and loaded with humor.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This one is a must: they don't come better.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Asking an audience to laugh for two hours at the delirium tremens of a man suffering from alcoholism is a grisly thing.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

"You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow," said Lauren Bacall to Bogey in this entertaining follow-up to Casablanca, thus launching the onscreen (and offscreen) romance that made them a popular team in the 1940s.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
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It owes more to Casablanca than it does to Hemingway.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has a slick of bestial sweat to it that promises that the explosion of really naughty stuff is looming.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

[Bogey & Bacall's] onscreen chemistry is palpable, all but overshadowing the fictional back story that made Rick and Ilsa's dance in Casablanca so memorable.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

A química entre Bogart e Bacall (numa estréia impressionante) é motivo suficiente para que este filme se mantenha vivo na memória dos amantes do Cinema.

January 28, 2005
Cinema em Cena

The movie is basically a rip-off of "Casablanca," but it's got some marvelous dialogue and great intrigue.

January 5, 2004 Full Review

...an intriguing, romantic, sometimes exciting, predictable but entertaining motion picture.

November 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film was Bacall's first movie and the project on which she and Bogart met. Their love scenes couldn't be any spicier.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Good Hawks opus.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for To Have and Have Not

Bacall transpires a lot of magnetism and sensuality in her debut on screen, this decent sort-of-rip-off of Casablanca - based on Hemingway and co-written by William Faulkner no less - that relies on a palpable chemistry between her and Bogart, in their first of four films together.
May 9, 2014
blacksheepboy

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See this Humphrey Bogart classic for two and only two reasons: To witness with your very eyes the incredible sexual chemistry between the legendary actor and his stunning co-star Lauren Bacall (who he met for the first time during the shooting of this film and then went on to marry), and for Walter Brennan's pitch-perfect performance as the likeable rummy Eddie.
November 6, 2012
Kristijonas Fussman

Super Reviewer

The first of two classic films Howard Hawks did with Bogart and Bacall contains great dialogue and great performances.
November 14, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Okay, it's true that this movie is reminiscent of Casablanca because Bogart starts out neutral towards WWII and ends up helping the resistance, but this movie is great too. I loved it and I recommend it.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

    1. Marie Browning (Slim): Anybody got a match?
    – Submitted by Tim C (14 days ago)
    1. Harry Morgan: Before, they tried to get Eddie drunk. Now they're trying a different approach--they're withholding liquor.
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Helene De Bursac: I don't know if I could ever object to something you did.
    2. Harry Morgan: Another screwy dame!
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Eddie: Was you ever stung by a dead bee?
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Cricket: Hey Slim, you still happy?
    2. Marie Browning (Slim): What do you think?
    – Submitted by Kevin R (10 months ago)
    1. Harry Morgan: Johnson's my client.
    2. Marie Browning (Slim): He doesn't speak so well of you.
    3. Harry Morgan: He's still my client. You ought to pick on someone to steal from who doesn't owe me money.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (10 months ago)
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