Key Largo

Key Largo

DVD - 2000
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A disillusioned returning World War II veteran has lost the will to fight ... until he arrives at a rundown hotel in Key Largo. There a mobster holes up against a raging storm, holding the veteran, the hotel owner and the owner's widowed daughter-in-law at gunpoint.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2000
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9781419817663
1419817663
9780790746999
0790746999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Mister_AKA
Feb 03, 2015

Yeah. OK. I'm fully aware that Key Largo is considered by many to be an all-time classic from Hollywood's heyday, but, the truth is, I found this decidedly stagy, gangster film (that required a full-blown hurricane to liven its story up) certainly left a whole lot to be desired.

It sure seems to me that this 1948 film has not aged well over the past 70 years. At times I found its dead-serious dramatics to be almost comical in nature.

There were a number of scenes when someone was being threatened with a nasty remark and a loaded gun and I found myself actually chuckling away at the unintentional humour that prevailed.

I also thought that Humphrey Bogart (50 at the time) looked very tired and haggard and about 10 years beyond his actual age. As well - The role of Frank McCloud that Bogart played was, pretty much, a real nothing part where the character only seemed to come to life in the story's final showdown, and that was it.

All-in-all - Key Largo turned out to be nothing more than a so-so Crime/Drama. I think that a lot of this film's inferiority rests on the shoulders of its eccentric and temperamental director, John Huston.

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akirakato
Dec 04, 2014

This is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston, adapted by Richard Brooks and Huston from Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play of the same name.
It is a gripping, thrilling and suspenseful movie with an emotional, revealing and dramatic climax, in which Robinson's alcoholic former moll, ex-nightclub singer "Gaye Dawn", played by Claire Trevor, is forced to sing a song before he will allow her to have a drink.
The song is "Moanin' Low"---about a woman who's trapped in a relationship with a very cruel man.
While singing, Gaye realizes that that's exactly her real life situation.
She slowly breaks down, and her voice falters and she sings off key.
Robinson is dismissive but Bogart pours her a stiff drink, saying, "You deserve this."

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d1967
Nov 27, 2014

Fantastic performance by Edward G Robinson !

voisjoe1 Jul 10, 2014

Bogart is kinda laid back and stoic in this film in comparison to Edward G. Robinson who is all over the map with braggadocio, stupidity, fear, superstition, brutality, ignorance, etc. These two are at the heart of this great crime film of ex-soldier meeting waning crime boss. A huge number of the characters will not make it to “the end.” Claire Trevor won the Oscar for best supporting actress in her role as the old mostly drunken aging girl friend of the waning crime boss Robinson.

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garycornell
Jun 22, 2014

John Huston is responsible for making one of the Best Movies of All Time in Key Largo. He put together an all star cast with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson. The story takes place almost entirely in a hotel at Key Largo. Edward G. Robinson is holding everyone against their will. Just what kind of will does it take to escape a gangster and his men. Did I mention a storm is approaching? The movie is gripping from start to finish. All of the cast are wonderful in their parts, especially Bogart and Bacall. A Five Star Award for the Director and the entire cast! KCLS only has two copies, so hurry and get on the waiting list. Hollywood does not put out Five Star Movies very often!

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VRMurphy
Jun 02, 2014

Lauren Bacall is outstanding in this.

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Keogh
Feb 27, 2014

A masterpiece of filmmaking by one of the best directors of all time, John Huston. Bogart is ideally cast as a world weary war veteran, visiting the widow and father of a man he served with. Robinson is the exiled gangster heading a small group of crooks who take them all hostage during a hurricane. Robinson is utterly despicable, monstrous, and sociopathic (as fits the character) and yet something of a coward. Claire Trevor deservedly won an Oscar for her role as the gangster's girl, a drunkard with a good heart nonetheless. Lionel Barrymore is sympathetic and likeable as the crippled father- a different status quo for the actor who seems more at home playing conniving and wicked men. Bogart and Bacall shine together. Huston keeps the tension building and building throughout, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats as the story goes along. This is the way movies should be made.

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Monolith
Feb 05, 2013

Loved the cast. Crotchety Lionel Barrymore always cracks me up -- I always hear the Underdog cartoon character Simon Bar Sinister. Edward G. was an exceptionally despicable little slimeball. Cowardly, too; sweating bullets over a little breeze (lol). The more I've seen Claire Trevor's performances, (e.g. "Born To Kill", "Murder, My Sweet"), the more impressed I am with her. The woman was gritty. And naturally, there's those two. The idyllic Hollywood romantic couple. Sorry, folks, can't resist a chorus: "We had it all... Just like Bogie and Bacall... Starring in our own late, late show... Sailin' away to Key Largo..." Awesome John Huston flick. Max Steiner's score, too. FIVE STARS.

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fender13
Jan 24, 2013

This one of Bogat's best with a great cast. Edward G. is great as a has been ganster. Lauren Bacal is great in her part.( Bogart's real wife ) Something to look for the name of the boat Santana. That was the name of Bogart's production company

btmslt May 24, 2012

Achilling but fascinating and gripping movie.

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Monolith
Feb 05, 2013

James Temple: "Are you thieves or what? You want money? Is this a robbery?" Toots: "Yeah, Pop, we're gonna steal all your towels."

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Monolith
Feb 05, 2013

Frank McCloud: "You don't like it, do you Rocco -- the storm? Show it your gun, why don't you? If it doesn't stop, shoot it."

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Monolith
Feb 05, 2013

Frank McCloud: "When your head says one thing, and your whole life says another, your head always loses."

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