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Key Largo (1948)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 July 1948 (USA)
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

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Frank McCloud travels to a run-down hotel on Key Largo to honor the memory of a friend who died bravely in his unit during WW II. His friend's widow, Nora Temple, and wheelchair bound father, James Temple manage the hotel and receive him warmly, but the three of them soon find themselves virtual prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a mob of gangsters led by Johnny Rocco who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane. Mr. Temple strongly reviles Rocco but due to his infirmities can only confront him verbally. Having become disillusioned by the violence of war, Frank is reluctant to act, but Rocco's demeaning treatment of his alcoholic moll, Gaye Dawn, and his complicity in the deaths of some innocent Seminole Indians and a deputy sheriff start to motivate McCloud to overcome his Hamlet-like inaction. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys ! See more »


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Huracán de pasiones  »

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Felipa Gómez, who played the Old Indian Woman, was born just five years after the U.S. Civil War ended. See more »

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The hurricane does not produce a storm surge, which would have flooded the beachfront hotel. See more »

Quotes

Gaye Dawn: [finishes her song and goes over to the bar] Give me that drink now, Johnny.
Johnny Rocco: No.
Gaye Dawn: Johnny!
Johnny Rocco: [louder] No.
Gaye Dawn: But you promised!
Johnny Rocco: So what?
Gaye Dawn: You said that...
Johnny Rocco: But you were rotten.
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Moanin' Low
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Claire Trevor
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One of Bogart's, Bacall's & Robinson's best.
5 February 2005 | by (Oldham, England.) – See all my reviews

Basically this film is almost like a play. The whole story is more or less (apart from the ending) shot in a rustic Florida hotel. A great location and setting, a real credit to John Huston.

In short, Frank McCloud (Bogart) an ex war hero and living at no-fixed-address, visits (by request) his dead war buddy's father (barrymore) & widow (Bacall). As he arrives, it doesn't take long for Frank to work out the Hotel is temporarily hostage to a big mob gangster - Rocco (robinson) and his cronies.

The film instantly grabs you, it looks beautiful, there is a lot of substance and well thought out scripts, nothing glamorous or smart, just very good story telling. A good side line to the story, are the Native American clan, who due to an approaching hurricane need to find shelter, their plight is placed nicely into the story. There is a scene in which Bacall introduces Bogart to the oldest member of the clan, a 100 and something year old Native woman which is just so genuine, I still don't believe this woman was an actress, Huston must have improvised this into the script.

Not only is Bogart superb in this, but also the whole cast. It goes without saying Edward G Robinson's performance was second to none as to was - his right hand man (Harry Lewis I think), Bacall & Rocco's girlfriend - Ziggy..pretty much the entire cast.

The whole thing ties up well, without Spoilers it does have a great ending. This is a must not just for Bogie fans but for anyone who can appreciate an intelligent film.

-Paul Browne.


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