The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

DVD - 2017
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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, take 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--further than he'll admit. Hewing closer to Hemingway's novel than Howard Hawks's Bogart-Bacall vehicle does, 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"--Container.


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Oct 12, 2017

From the opening narrated line, to the final pull-away shot, this is an filmmaker's must-study noir film. Almost every frame is loaded with cinematic interesting shots. The supplements go in detail on the intricacies, so I won't go into that. That fact that I saw it twice in one sitting makes this film special since it has happen only a few times that I've it. It is to be studied as
Fellini's innovation of choreographic motion in my film classes. By the way, this film was suppressed during the red scare of the early '50s. It's a lost classic.

Jul 14, 2014

I really gripping movie from Director Michael Curtiz, who made many great films. John Garfield stars in this his next to last film in 1950. The Breaking Point was written by Ernest Hemmingway as "To Have and Have Not". It too was a excellent movie with Humphrey Bogart in Garfield role. Patricia Neal puts in her usual superb performance as the romantic interest of Garfield. She is loaded with trouble though, as most relationships like this are in movies. You won't be cheated on "The Breaking Point" which comes at the end of the film. You knew that!

Mar 08, 2014

Released in 1950 - The Breaking Point is a gripping, suspenseful and intriguing screen-adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel To Have And To Have Not (which was originally adapted for the screen in 1944 (under said title) and starred Humphrey Bogart).

Primarily set in the small, coastal town of Newport, California, The Breaking Point stars dynamo-actor John Garfield, as Harry Morgan, a charter-boat skipper (with a young family to support), who suddenly finds himself completely broke and in serious debt, owing a substantial amount of money on his boat (which is his livelihood).

Finding himself in this desperate situation, Harry gets himself involved in some no-good criminal activity when he reluctantly agrees to ferry 4 gangsters to safety following their big-time racing-track heist.

Finally coming to his senses, Harry wastes no time in making a few last-minute plans in order to double-cross the bad guys in a shoot-'em-up showdown that just might blow you out of the water.

Filmed in b&w, this first-rate motion picture was competently directed by Michael Curtiz who also directed the all-time classic Casablanca.


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Mar 08, 2014

"You know, one of these days you're gonna get your arm broke reaching for something that doesn't belong to you."


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