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1h 37min
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Michael Curtiz brings a master skipper's hand to the helm of this thriller, Hollywood's second crack at Ernest Hemingway's 'To Have and Have Not'. John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, an honest charter-boat captain who, facing hard times, takes on dangerous cargo to save his boat, support his family, and preserve his dignity. Left in the lurch by a freeloading passenger, Harry starts to entertain the criminal propositions of a sleazy lawyer (Wallace Ford), as well as the playful come-ons of a cheeky blonde (Patricia Neal), making a series of compromises that stretch his morality and his marriage farther than he'll admit.
Hewing closer to Hemingway's novel than Howard Hawks's Bogart-Bacall vehicle, 'The Breaking Point' charts a course through daylight noir and working-class tragedy, guided by Curtiz's effortless visual fluency and a stoic, career-capping performance from Garfield.
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Ranald MacDougall, Ernest Hemingway
Criterion Collection
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
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97 minutes
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