The Breaking Point

  • 1950
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Hollywood's second version of Hemingway's minor novel To Have and Have Not turns out to be a spanking good adventure story, ranging from California to Mexico and exploiting the coastal locations to the limit. Garfield is the ill-starred owner of a charter boat trying to support his wife, Thaxter, and two daughters, but business is abysmally bad. Dumke,...read more

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Broke and with a family to support, charter-boat skipper Harry Morgan (John Garfield) makes a desperate gamble. For cash that will save his boat from creditors, he ferries gangsters to safety after a racing-track heist. But when you gamble, sometimes you lose. Tense and sinewy, The Breaking Point is a more faithful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not than the earlier Bogart-Bacall classic. Garfield, one of the screen's great anti-heroes, makes Morgan his own in a rugged portrayal etched with anguish. Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), who guided Garfield to instant stardom in Four Daughters, turns the action scenes into movie dynamite, but the film's quiet final image is the one that will haunt you.

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