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
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An urban legend has sprouted from a misquoted line of Rocco's dialogue that this film predicted the recount battle in the 2000 presidential election. See more
Once Frank is aboard the boat with the gangsters, Temple tries to use the hotel phone, but the line is down from the storm. But after Frank has dispatched all of the gangsters, he phones the hotel from the boat and is able to get through. Not nearly enough time has passed for the phone to have been repaired so quickly, especially in such a remote area. See more
[Rocco is showing strain at the height of the hurricane's force
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.
Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Claire Trevor See more