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Key Largo -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 July 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Superb cast and taut drama See more (138 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Maxwell Anderson (based on the play by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Betty Delmont .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Budd Friend .... props (uncredited)
George Sweeney .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
 
Stunts
Allen Pomeroy .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Everett Dexter .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... second camera (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lee Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Marie Blanchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Jean Baker .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | South Korea:15 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #12932) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
In a classic case of a director being emotionally manipulative, John Huston informed Claire Trevor that they were to film her song that very day. Trevor was not a trained singer, and had not even rehearsed the song yet. She also felt very intimidated by the A-list actors seated directly in front of her. The result was a hesitant, nervous, uncomfortable rendition, exactly the feeling Huston was hoping to get.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Frank, Nora, Mr. Temple and the gangsters are in the hotel's big hall (which is downstairs) when the phone rings, Curly takes it, and then they draw their guns. Then comes a brief dialogue between Rocco and Curly, but when we return to the party, we see them in a little living room upstairs, without having knowledge of them being carried there.(Perhaps intentionally made by the producer).See more »
Quotes:
Nora Temple:Charlie! Charlie Winook and his family, Crawfish Island. Charlie's a prince of the Seminole Nation. His ancestors go back to the gods. He sells sea shells by the sea shore.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Luonteita: Renny Harlin (1990) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Moanin' LowSee more »

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83 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Superb cast and taut drama, 5 April 2004
Author: byght from Washington, DC

While chiefly remembered as a Bogart/Bacall vehicle, this story of expatriate gangsters commandeering a sleepy tropical hotel is, in actuality, a tightly directed ensemble piece with acting chops to burn.

There's Edward G. Robinson as Johnny Rocco--the brash, boisterous, sleazy gangster whose frailties (cowardice and a yearning for better times) gradually unfold before us. There's Lionel Barrymore as James Temple, the delightfully feisty and crusty hotel owner overcome with revulsion at Rocco's presence. There's Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, Dan Seymour and William Haade as Curly, Toots, Angel and Ralphie--Rocco's colorful but hard-edged thugs who are presences unto themselves. There's Claire Trevor as Gaye, Rocco's declining, alcoholic moll who symbolizes more than anything how far Rocco has fallen.

That's an awful lot. Too much scenery-chewing from Bogart or Bacall would push it over the top--and director/screenwriter/demigod John Huston knows it. He coaxes remarkably restrained and subtle performances out of his star couple. The romantic tension between them is suggested but never shoved in the audience's face. Bogart's wandering war vet Frank McCloud keeps his lips tight and plays his cards close to the chest--a streetwise outsider through and through. Bacall's Nora Temple lets her anger and distaste pour out through her smoldering eyes more often than her mouth.

Ultimately, the subtlety is so well-hidden between the gigantic performances of Robinson and Barrymore that you might miss just how sophisticated Frank's story is. Disillusioned and drifting since the war, he stops in to visit the wife (Nora) and father (James) of a fallen comrade whose bravery he admired. Implicit in his visit is an unspoken apology that it is he, and not their loved one, who is returning home. The fallen soldier is a constant unseen presence in the film--his bravery and honor mocking what Frank sees as his own cowardice and inability to stand up to Rocco (Bogart's fast-talking explanation of why he didn't shoot Rocco when he had the chance is classic and rare--a protagonist lying to his friends and his audience--"One Rocco more or less isn't worth dying for!"). Frank's eventual decision to take on Rocco and his hoods is a victory against the fear that plagues and shames him.

In a larger sense, this is a true period movie about a generation of men returning home from the greatest conflict the world has ever known. Most of our national memories of World War II are proud and triumphant, but, as with any war, it left countless people scarred physically and mentally. Though Frank is a decorated soldier, he feels somehow that what he did wasn't enough (because he lived and his friend did not?), and he returns back to a country in which he has no place with no real pride or satisfaction. The confrontation with Rocco affords him a chance (perhaps only possible in Hollywood or on the stage, where the story of "Key Largo" was first performed) to make things right with his world.

While it has not aged as well as the better-known films of Bogart's and Huston's careers, "Key Largo" is a film that, for a little investment of attention and thought, will pay big dividends to anyone that really and truly loves movies.

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