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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
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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:
Edward G. Robinson at this best 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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Runtime:
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:
The character of Johnny Rocco was modeled on Al Capone, who retired to Florida and died there of complications due to advanced syphilis a year before this film was produced. Screenwriter Richard Brooks later revealed he had also incorporated biographical details about another famous gangster, Lucky Luciano, into Rocco's character as well.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Mr. Temple describes fairly accurately the hurricane that struck the Florida Keys on September 2, 1935. However, his description of the death toll ("800 people washed out to sea") is about double that of the official toll of 408.See more »
Quotes:
[Rocco is showing strain at the height of the hurricane's force]
Frank McCloud: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.
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49 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Edward G. Robinson at this best, 21 June 2004
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

Key Largo is just one of John Huston's many memorable films that somehow always seem to transcend the intention--the Hollywood intention being to make a few bucks--and to this day still plays very well and indeed appears as something close to a work of art. It features what I think is one of Edward G. Robinson's finest performances as Johnny Rocco, a sociopathic gangster holding the off-season personnel of a seaside hotel hostage as he concludes a counterfeit money deal.

The story begins as Major Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) pays a visit to the family of one of his G.I. buddies who was killed in Italy during WWII. He finds the welcome from the hotel's only "guests" chilly except for Gaye Dawn (a funny and perhaps prescient Hollywood stage name) played by Claire Trevor who is drunk and befriends him. After a bit McCloud discovers that the hotel's owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and her invalid father-in-law James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) have been tricked into allowing Rocco's gang to stay and now, as a tropical storm begins to blow, are being held at gunpoint. McCloud's delicate task is to keep the megalomaniac and murderous personality of Rocco under some control so that he doesn't murder everyone.

Note that this is a splendid cast, and they all do a good job. Note too that Huston adapted this from a play by the versatile American playwright Maxwell Anderson. So the ingredients for a good film are clearly in place; and aside from some self-conscious mishmash with the Seminoles of Florida, this is a success. Anderson's desire to explore the psychopathic personality (some years later he adapted William March's novel The Bad Seed into a stage play) finds realization in Huston's direction and especially in Robinson's indelible performance. The utter disregard for the lives of others and the obsessive love of self that characterize the sociopath reek from the snares and callous laughter of the very sick Johnny Rocco. I especially liked the crazed and thrilled grin on his face when he emerges from the hold of the boat in the climactic scene, gun in hand, imagining that he has once again fooled his adversaries and is about to delightfully shoot Humphrey Bogart to death. What I loved about this scene was that Huston did not think it necessary to contrive a fight in which the good guy (Bogart) beats the bad guy by fighting fair. What happens is exactly what should happen, and without regard for the fine points of Marquis of Queensberry-type rules. Also good is Rocco beginning to sweat in fear of his life as the storm moves in while Bogey gives us his famous laugh and grin as he assesses the essential cowardice of the petty gangster.

Lauren Bacall, in one of her more modest roles, does a lot without saying much, and Lionel Barrymore is very good as the cantankerous old guy in a wheelchair. Claire Trevor actually won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her work, and she was good as the alcoholic moll with a heart of gold. Robinson won nothing, but he really dominated the picture and demonstrated why he was one of Hollywood's greatest stars.

Bottom line: watch this to see the gangster yarn meld into film noir with overtones of the psychoanalytical drama that characterized many of the black and white Hollywood films of the forties and early fifties.

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