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May 4, 2017
It is with noble intent to reassemble actors from a successful film like The Maltese Falcon, but in this case despite Bogart, Greenstreet, and Astor's usually fine performances the story itself is so convoluted it leaves the audience in "the wilderness of mirrors" trying to figure out just WTF is going on? Not to mention there is no chemistry between Bogart and Astor. She is not the most feminine of actresses. And trying to figure out who is who brings a bit of credence to the adage "some people all look the same". By the time it becomes clearer the entire experience is anti-climatic. Good luck with it and syonara.
January 15, 2017
Humphrey Bogart at his best. Had not seen much of Mary Astor before. I liked her. Terrible hairdo.
What happened at the end, Mary forgot about her dead father? And of course Sidney Greenstreet is wonderful.
½ June 18, 2016
Not a great film, but I enjoyed it. The film stars 3 cast members from "The Maltese Falcon" and is the same director, John Huston. I liked Bogart in this, and also enjoyed Sydney Greenstreet and Mary Astor. It's certainly worth checking out from fans of classic cinema.
March 22, 2016
Un año después del bombardeo a Pearl Harbor, John Huston dirige esta historia de espionaje que reúne a tres actores de "The Maltese Falcon": Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor y Sydney Greenstreet. Y aunque la película no cumple lo que el título promete, el gran talento actoral y los giros sorpresivos que culminan en un tercer acto lleno de acción, hacen de esta película de propaganda un espectáculo más que entretenido.
March 18, 2016
Humphrey Bogart plays a disgraced Army artilleryman who winds up entwined in a plot by a ruthless entrepreneur (Sydney Greenstreet) to sabotage the Panama Canal on behalf of Imperial Japan; the script initially cited Pearl Harbor as the target, but the real-life attack to that area motivated Warner Brothers to quickly alter the movie's plot. Across The Pacific is disappointing by the standards of a Humphrey Bogart vehicle directed by John Huston, but it's still an above-average example of wartime propaganda thanks to its star's machismo, a charismatic turn from Mary Astor as the token love interest, some entertaining character acting from Greenstreet, and Japanese villains who avoid the pitfalls of jingoistic stereotype about as much as one could hope from a Hollywood film shot in 1942. This picture isn't quite as indispensable as its pedigree would imply, but it's still worth seeking out if one is already fond of its principle players.
December 29, 2015
Starts off with Bogart being Dishonorably Dismissed from the Army as artillery.

Trys to Join recruitment for Canadian Army. Once name mentioned say no longer need anyone for artillery.

It is a movie all about gaining information and intelligence as a spy.

The movie was not that good. It was kind of boring and was mostly talk rather than follow action kind of film.

Bogart almost wears the same sort of outfit he wore in Casablanca. With trench coach and his hat.

The title almost makes no sense because a lot of the film is in the Atlantic Ocean and only thing that looks like it is in the Pacific is all the Asian and Japanese characters.
½ September 9, 2015
I'd recommend this movie to anyone that likes Hitchcock's early films (I'm thinking specifically of Foreign Correspondent and The 39 Steps). The dialog is ridiculously stilted and the scenery is flimsy; but the camera work is awesome and as you get lulled in to the rather surreal story line, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat, following the twists of the plot with bated breath. Also there is a bonus for anyone that liked the book Vineland, by Thomas Pynchon: the character Joe Totsuiko, played by Victor Sen Yung, reminded me so immediately of Takeshi Fumimoto that I can't believe Pynchon didn't have this movie, maybe just in the back of his head, in mind when he was writing.
May 21, 2015
good WWII pic made during WWII
June 6, 2014
It's plot is uninvolving, uninteresting, and lacks suspense. That is this films downfall...the writing. The first fault of the film was trying to recreate the magic of the classic predecessor, "The Maltese Falcon". It cast the central three actors "Maltese" had (Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet) and attached the same director (John Huston), to the project. Unfortunately, the writers of "Across the Pacific" aren't nearly as skillful as John Huston was (he also wrote "The Maltese Falcon". The actors give fine performances, as was to be expected, but the film still cannot hold one's attention since the action i so uneventful. The film doesn't string us along like "The Maltese Falcon" did, instead it goes event to event, with boring characters and bland situations. It also doesn't help that these writers attempted to write in a sub-plot love story, which is usually a bad idea. Overall, this movie actually had potential, but the writing is so boring, and the visuals of the film are so bland, that suspense and thrills are never built, ultimately creating nothing interesting.
June 1, 2014
takes a wile to get good
½ March 30, 2014
We're going to know each other eventually, why not now?

Rick Leland was put in a bad situation by his country that caused him to be deported. He meets a beautiful girl on a train ride to Japan and they quickly become acquainted. It is now quite apparent if Rick was indeed deported or if he is a secret spy. The beautiful girl may be a spy also; either way, their business associates in Japan become suspicious of their intentions fairly quickly.

"How do girls usually act when they're kissed?"
"They don't turn green."

John Huston, director of The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would be King, Moulin Rouge, Key Largo, and The Asphalt Jungle, delivers Across the Pacific. The storyline for this picture is interesting but not as intense as some of Hitchcock's work in the same genre. The script and acting is wonderful and the cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Green Street, and Frank Wilcox.

"You make me sick and if you stay here one minute longer I'll prove it to you."

I grabbed this movie off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) when I discovered Bogart and Huston made this together. I am a huge fan of Key Largo and was hoping this would be on par with that picture; unfortunately, this fell a little short. This is an entertaining classic film with solid characters and great lines but wasn't as good as it could have been.

"I pity the woman you marry."

Grade: B-
½ March 16, 2013
Impetuous, easy-going and very enjoyable spy picture--Bogie playing Bogie...only Peter Lorre is missing!!
½ December 25, 2011
Certainly not in the same class as "The Maltese Falcon", which shared the same director and three stars. Unfortunately, this film is littered with ugly racist stereotypes against the Japanese throughout, and also has a somewhat meandering and unengaging story. Still, it's hard not enjoy a film directed by John Huston and featuring Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, at least on some level.
Super Reviewer
½ November 13, 2011
Though a failure for Huston and Bogart compared to it's predecessor (The Maltese Falcon), this political thriller still entertains. Features great performances from Bogart and Greenstreet.
½ August 18, 2011
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, and director John Huston return to capitalize on their success of the previous year's "The Maltese Falcon" with "Across the Pacific". OK, it's obvious from the start that this one won't be nearly as good, but hey, with Bogart in the lead and Huston as a director, there's no way this is gonna go wrong, especially when that duo made "The African Queen" together too! This one might not be as genius as "The Maltese Falcon", but none of the lines fall short and are witty and fun throughout the movie. You get some standard espionage fun, some steamy chemistry between Humphrey and Mary that might even be better than before, great one-liners from the loveable Greenstreet, and plenty of fun action scenes to top it all off. Even the supposed boat they film on seems kinda realistic. What's not to like? OK, fine, maybe the way they portray Asians is almost laughable, but Bogarts buddy "Should-a-Be" has got some humor--right? Oh well. "Across the Pacific" might not be a classic or even a great movie for that matter, but Bogie fans will simply eat it up.
June 6, 2011
It's true that in the original story written, it was about an American stopping Japan from their first strike against the US at Pearl Harbor. But guess what? Japan must have read it for ideas, and it actually happened! So the movie changed the attack loccation to Panama. So it's really not that much across the Pacific then... Bogart is at his cool post "Falcon", teaming with John Huston again. But it is a pretty average propaganda spy film, and te Japanese accents by the so-called "Japanese" in the movie are HORRIBLE. I guess Hollywood was not exactly casting people who could speak Japanese for the parts...
½ December 26, 2010
On Demand. Well done if you like Bogart
½ November 28, 2010
Another cool Bogart film, one though does not have much exposure and popularity as other classics such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, or Casablanca. I thought the film was really interesting and how Greenstreet worked with Axis powers, Japan in this case, rather than the allies. Also, the fact that the relation between Bogart and Astor was contrast than in the film The Maltese Falcon, where there was very little love between them. I actually enjoyed this film and it is worth the watch. By the way, the title for this film is irrelevant because the original director was summoned to serve in World War II.
½ July 19, 2010
I strongly believe that anything with Humphrey Bogart in it, is worth watching. The cast is pretty much the same as it was in The Maltese Falcon, and I have absolutely no problem with that - They work well together, and made yet another great movie.
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