Rent Key Largo (1948)

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A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) holes up and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and ex-GI Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart). McCloud's the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco. But the postwar world's realities may have taken all the fight out of him. John Huston co-wrote and compellingly directs this film of Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play with a searing Academy Award winning performance by Claire Trevor as Rocco's gold-hearted, boozy moll. In Huston's hands, it becomes a powerful, sweltering classic.
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Jerry Wald
Richard Brooks, John Huston, Maxwell Anderson
Classics, Drama, Thrillers

1949 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

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97 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
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Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
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100 minutes
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Castillian, Czech, English Hard of Hearing, French, German Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish, Polish
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Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
B & W
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Gangster Noir. - Key Largo review by Steve

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Updated 11/11/2021

Bogart visits the family of the dead soldier he fought beside in Italy: his father (Lionel Barrymore) and widow (Lauren Bacall). Bad timing. The hotel they run on the Florida Keys is taken over by gangsters led by Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) while the building is battered by a mighty hurricane, making escape impossible.  

The set up is almost exactly the same as The Petrified Forest (1936) in which Bogart played the outlaw Duke Mantee as the last gasp of the wild west, an individualist. But Rocco is far more insidious. He buys the political process and operates in plain sight, subverting justice, raking profit out of the system.

This time Bogart is on the right side of the law.  He plays his signature role, the loner who won't stick out his neck for anyone (but then does). But his status as an outsider is no longer a symbol of American isolationism in early WWII. It is because having survived war, he is disillusioned by the grip men like Rocco have on America.

Crime has become organised and is corrupting legitimate business. This would become a key theme of fifties mafia films. The politician on the make, the nickel and dime business' cutting corners and protected gangster bosses would become familiar film noir personnel. This is Bogart and Bacall's last film together and it's a classic.

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