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High Sierra (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 January 1941 (USA)
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

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Roy 'Mad Dog' Earle is broken out of prison by an old associate who wants him to help with an upcoming robbery. When the robbery goes wrong and a man is shot and killed Earle is forced to go on the run, and with the police and an angry press hot on his tail he eventually takes refuge among the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, where a tense siege ensues. But will the Police make him regret the attachments he formed with two women during the brief planning of the robbery. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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The Blazing Mountain Manhunt for Killer 'Mad-Dog' Earle! See more »


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25 January 1941 (USA)  »

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Entscheidung in der Sierra  »

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$455,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Pa first meets Roy at the gas station, Pa says, referring to an accident he almost had, "A jackrabbit jumped in front of the car and I kinda lost my head." Director Raoul Walsh lost an eye a dozen years earlier when a jackrabbit jumped through the windshield of the car he was driving. See more »

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During the chase scene up the dirt mountain road, the Foley is the sound of screeching tires on asphalt or concrete. See more »

Quotes

'Red': I almost forgot, Mendoza brought us a present and Roy, I guess you're the engineer. Here.
[Hands Roy the machine-gun case]
Louis Mendoza: Big Mac gave me the machine gun. You know how to work it? Red doesn't, and neither does Babe.
'Red': That's a good one , that is.
Louis Mendoza: What's so funny?
'Red': [Sarcastically says] Does he know how to work it?
Roy Earle: Yeah. Say, you know that gun reminds me of one time, 9 or 10yrs ago. We was getting ready to do a job back in Iowa... when one of the guys got the shakes. Pretty soon we found out that ...
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I Get a Kick out of You (1934)
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Written by Cole Porter
Played on a record at Velma's Home
Danced to by Joan Leslie and John Eldredge
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"High Sierra" was the film that changed the course of Bogart's career and lifted him up to stardom…

"High Sierra" was the film that changed the course of Bogart's career and lifted him up to stardom…

As Earle, Bogart was expanding on the criminal characterization he had already mastered in a dozen earlier films, giving it greater depth by adding contrasting elements of warmth and compassion to compensate the dominant violence…

Bogart helps a clubfooted girl, Velma (Joan Leslie), who repays him only with disregard and indifference…

Bogart's interpretation already showed signs of the special qualities that were to become an important part of his mystique in a few more films…

Here, for the first time, was the human being outside society's laws who had his own private sense of loyalty, integrity, and honor… Bogart's performance turns "High Sierra" into an elegiac film…

As a film, "High Sierra" has other notable qualities, particularly Ida Lupino's strong and moving performance as Marie, the girl who brings out Roy Earle's more human emotions…

The movie was remade as a Western, "Colorado Territory," with Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo, and as a crime film in "I Died a Thousand Times," with Jack Palance and Shelley Winters in the Bogart and Lupino roles… Neither came up to the stylish treatment given "High Sierra" by director Raoul Walsh from an exceptionally good script by John Huston and W. R. Burnett…


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