High Sierra (1941)

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This is the tale of a tough-guy gunman-turned-Good-Samaritan and his much wiser moll who stands by her man.

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Story and reality so often become mixed in High Sierra that it's hard to separate the two...

Jun 21, 2015 | Full Review…

A genre crossroads where gangster nostalgia gazes ahead to the antihero alienation of film noir

Jun 3, 2012 | Full Review…

Raoul Walsh's well directed crime noir marks a turning point in the career of Bogart, who became a movie star in 1941, same year in which Maltese Falcon was also released.

Jun 8, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Unusual mix of gangster, big heist movie and romantic drama.

Jul 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Remarkably, Walsh handles this potentially deadly material as if it were the most crackerjack of action pictures.

Oct 29, 2006 | Full Review…

Great Bogie crime film with an iconic ending.

Jun 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for High Sierra

Bogart's first great role and great direction from Walsh makes this early noir a gangster masterpiece.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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Excellent crime drama/early film noir. This was the first in Bogey's 1-2-3 punch that took him from resident Warners tough guy villian to one of the studio's leading romantic stars. He plays Roy "Mad Dog" Earle perfectly showing him as ruthless when necessary but with a core of decency that hasn't been ruined by years of hard knocks. Matching him every step of the way is the always outstanding Ida Lupino in one of her best portrayals. Her Marie is a classic hard luck case, tough on the outside but vunerable underneath. She and Bogart are an ideal match, a shame then that this was there last film together and the only one where they were paired as equals. The rest of the cast is terrific in support, including Joan Leslie, a variable actress but well used here as a seemingly nice girl who is exposed as a thoughtless, shallow grabber. Walsh's direction is aces as well with wonderful use of shadows and spaces to convey the isolation of the characters. First rate in every way.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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½

A perfect movie of romance and gangsters. It's exciting, dramatic, and romantic. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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High Sierra is groundbreaking cinema for at least two reasons. First, it was Bogart's first chance to prove that he could carry an entire picture as a leading man (and boy did he!). Second, unlike other crime pictures of the early 40's, it dared to portray criminal characters with some very decent human qualities. There is very little good & bad, black & white, right & wrong in this picture. Instead there are various shades of gray. Ida Lupino is wonderful (as always) but this would be the last time she ever got top billing over Bogart. For me, this film is the perfect bridge between the crime dramas of the late 30's and the early film noir of the 1940's. *NOTE: If you're a fan of Cornel Wilde you can catch him in a small but memorable character role.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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