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An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

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Fishing boat captain Harry Morgan charters his boat. Due to strained finances, he is none too careful as to whom he does business with. Real trouble erupts when Harry hires out his boat to transport four men who turn out to be criminals on the lam from a racetrack heist. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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There's nothing more deadly than a gentle man pushed too far! See more »


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6 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Illdåd ombord  »

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Some of the story elements were recycled into another Ernest Hemingway adaptation, Islands in the Stream (1977). See more »

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Harry Morgan: [to Lucy] I get teed off sometimes. No sooner do I get my head above water than somebody pushes me down again!
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I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
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Well made and crisp version of often told tale
8 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is based on the same Hemingway novel that provided the source for the Bogart classic "To Have and Have Not" and that was remade some years later as The Gun Runners. While the credits mention the author they do not state the title of the book and it seems as if the studio was anxious to hide the fact that the movie is a remake.Leaving aside what strikes me as sharp practice the actual movie is pretty good. John Garfield plays the Bogart role -Harry Morgan an impecunious fishing hire proprietor whose business is on the skids and whose family is feeling the economic pinch .Accordingly he throws in his lot with a shady lawyer who persuades him to run illegal immigrants into California .When this goes wrong he comes even more under the influence of the lawyer who blackmails him into helping the escape of a gang of crooks who hold up a racecourse Garfield is fine as a stubborn and basically decent man striving to keep his business solvent and his family together and the other performance are solid and professional as is Michael Curtiz' brisk and tense direction

Not up to the original but worth 90 minutes of your time


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