To Have and Have Not Reviews

  • Apr 02, 2021

    It's a Casablanca knockoff down to its bones - Bogie in some exotic coastal locale on the fringes of WW2 with dangerous politics and femme fatales under the hot sun - but that doesn't mean it's bad in any sense. In some parts, the parallels are less favorable with respect to Hawks' film than others, particularly the somewhat light story and the atmosphere, which never delivers the grim hopelessness (or at least bittersweetness) that made Bogart and Bergman's tragic romance shine so brightly. Where the film compensates is Bogart and Bacall's chemistry and characters, which sizzle with easy charm that is reinforced by the actors' real-life affection for one another. The movie sustains itself predominantly based off their exchanges, from moments of aloof appraisal to searing jealousy. The ending is surprisingly neatly wrapped-up and cheery in tone, as Bogart's literal Captain Morgan single-handedly holds off the local party collaborators, including a relatively unheralded but pleasingly greasy Dan Seymour, so they can all leave with just a couple sexy scars. Imagine how much you had to drink for people in a 40s film (where 50% of the runtime traditionally takes place in smoke-filled bars) to point out that you have a problem. (3.5/5)

    It's a Casablanca knockoff down to its bones - Bogie in some exotic coastal locale on the fringes of WW2 with dangerous politics and femme fatales under the hot sun - but that doesn't mean it's bad in any sense. In some parts, the parallels are less favorable with respect to Hawks' film than others, particularly the somewhat light story and the atmosphere, which never delivers the grim hopelessness (or at least bittersweetness) that made Bogart and Bergman's tragic romance shine so brightly. Where the film compensates is Bogart and Bacall's chemistry and characters, which sizzle with easy charm that is reinforced by the actors' real-life affection for one another. The movie sustains itself predominantly based off their exchanges, from moments of aloof appraisal to searing jealousy. The ending is surprisingly neatly wrapped-up and cheery in tone, as Bogart's literal Captain Morgan single-handedly holds off the local party collaborators, including a relatively unheralded but pleasingly greasy Dan Seymour, so they can all leave with just a couple sexy scars. Imagine how much you had to drink for people in a 40s film (where 50% of the runtime traditionally takes place in smoke-filled bars) to point out that you have a problem. (3.5/5)

  • Oct 25, 2020

    This movie is great. two amazing actors. no one cuts your meat for you. they respect the audience.

    This movie is great. two amazing actors. no one cuts your meat for you. they respect the audience.

  • Jul 22, 2020

    I am not a fan of the actors and the story was just ok.

    I am not a fan of the actors and the story was just ok.

  • Jun 09, 2020

    One of the best. Great to see and hear Hoagy Carmichael.

    One of the best. Great to see and hear Hoagy Carmichael.

  • Feb 29, 2020

    Unbearable movie. Overrated as hell. Pretentious Hemingway novel made into a pretentious movie. The characters are all caricatures. This **** is all about posing. Lauren Bacall's acting is especially terrible in this one. And Bogart plays Mr. Alpha Male as usual. What jive this is. Overall it's just a pathetic attempt at cashing in on Casablanca's success. A waste of time, and of money if you should rent this. GARBAGE.

    Unbearable movie. Overrated as hell. Pretentious Hemingway novel made into a pretentious movie. The characters are all caricatures. This **** is all about posing. Lauren Bacall's acting is especially terrible in this one. And Bogart plays Mr. Alpha Male as usual. What jive this is. Overall it's just a pathetic attempt at cashing in on Casablanca's success. A waste of time, and of money if you should rent this. GARBAGE.

  • Jan 12, 2020

    Melodrama good for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Bogie helps the resistance and scores a wife.

    Melodrama good for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Bogie helps the resistance and scores a wife.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Bogie meets Bacall, Hemingway meets Faulkner, Hawks meets film noir, Hoagy Carmichael meets your ears, have meets have not: The film, which is narratively a lighter retread of CASABLANCA, has a renowned pedigree before it starts and celebrated footprint in Hollywood history, even if it doesn't have much substance of its own and never quite equals the sum of its parts.

    Bogie meets Bacall, Hemingway meets Faulkner, Hawks meets film noir, Hoagy Carmichael meets your ears, have meets have not: The film, which is narratively a lighter retread of CASABLANCA, has a renowned pedigree before it starts and celebrated footprint in Hollywood history, even if it doesn't have much substance of its own and never quite equals the sum of its parts.

  • Jun 17, 2019

    Why on earth this Casablanca retread gets such a high score is beyond me. Yes it is the fantastic start of Bogie and Bacall. Bacall sizzles, but considering that the rest of her career she spent as a wanna be Katharine Hepburn, and never got legendary roles, the sizzle sizzles out. Bogart is Bogart. No challenge there. For a great version of Hemingway’s story, watch John Garfield in The Breaking Point.

    Why on earth this Casablanca retread gets such a high score is beyond me. Yes it is the fantastic start of Bogie and Bacall. Bacall sizzles, but considering that the rest of her career she spent as a wanna be Katharine Hepburn, and never got legendary roles, the sizzle sizzles out. Bogart is Bogart. No challenge there. For a great version of Hemingway’s story, watch John Garfield in The Breaking Point.

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Jun 11, 2019

    The Bogey-Bacall chemistry is fascinating and director Howard Hawks deserves credit in concocting it. The film is highly derivative of Casablanca but not as satisfying

    The Bogey-Bacall chemistry is fascinating and director Howard Hawks deserves credit in concocting it. The film is highly derivative of Casablanca but not as satisfying

  • Apr 27, 2019

    The highlight of this film is the chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.

    The highlight of this film is the chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.