Rent Beat the Devil (1953)

3.2 of 5 from 86 ratings
1h 29min
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Synopsis:
As one of a disparate group of fortune-seekers bound for Africa, hard-up Billy Dannreuther (Humphrey Bogart) faces the swindling machinations of his fellow travellers as they await passage from a picturesque port on Italy's Amalfi coast. But with scheming aplenty, will this motley crew miss the boat completely?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Angelo Rizzoli, John Woolf
Writers:
James Helvick, Truman Capote, Claud Cockburn, John Huston, Anthony Veiller, Peter Viertel
Studio:
GMVS Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/07/2005
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/03/2020
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary featuring film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman (2018)
  • Audio commentary featuring DoP Oswald Morris, script supervisor Angela Allen and director's assistant Jeanie Sims (2007)
  • Alexander Cockburn Beat the Devil (2012, 23 mins): the writer talks about his father, Claud Cockburn, from whose novel (under the pseudonym James Helvick) the film is adapted
  • By the Fireside (1945, 2 mins): an advertisement for Maypole Tea emphasising the quintessential Englishness of the afternoon tea ritual
  • Atomic Achievement (1956, 20 mins): a public information film celebrating the advances of nuclear power in the UK
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"MALTESE FALCON" PARODY - Beat the Devil review by Robert BUCKNOR

Spoiler Alert
16/02/2021

Subtle spoof of adventure thrillers that - on the surface at least - appears very much an example of the movie genre being spoofed.

Once you realise, however, that the movie has no real hero nor heroine, you can sit back and enjoy the first-rate actors pretending to be characters whom are pretending to be otherwise than they are. (This makes it also something of a satire on the Hollywood film-production system and its combative egos, sexual perversion & illegal-drug abuse.)

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