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The breaking point
Curtiz, Michael, 1888-1962, film director.
DVD special edition.
Publication Information:
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
"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.
General Note:
Based on the novel "To have and have not" by Ernest Hemingway.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1950.

Special features: New interview with biographer and film historian Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: a Life in Film); New piece featuring actor and acting instructor Julie Garfield speaking about her father, actor John Garfield; "Fluid style," a video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos, analyzing Curtiz's directorial techniques; Excerpts from a 1962 episode of the Today show showing contents of the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, including items related to the novel "To Have and Have Not"; Trailer.
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