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The Breaking Point (1950)

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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A guy who had nothing to sell but guts! See more »


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6 October 1950 (USA)  »

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

Quotes

Harry Morgan: [to Leona as she reaches into his shirt pocket for a cigarette] Yuh know, one of these days you're gonna get your arm broke reachin' for something that don't belong to yuh.
Leona Charles: It's all in a good cause.
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Remade as The Gun Runners (1958) See more »

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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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John Garfield Does it Again
10 January 2002 | by (Chantilly, VA) – See all my reviews

No one played the haunted/hunted character better than John Garfield (Humphrey Bogart is a close second). Here, Garfield is a boat captain that gets in way over his head. The thing with Garfield's characters, is that even though the audience sympathizes with his plight, the character always brings it on himself. With Garfield's usual acerbic delivery, his Harry Morgan is hard to like but when he is with his family, one sees that he is basically a headstrong but good guy. Even though Michael Curtiz directed this, the tone and especially the ending shot kept reminding me of Fritz Lang. I think this film should be commended for the ending, which although a somewhat happy one, reminds the audience of the affect of one's actions on everyone. This generally was ignored in a lot of the crime dramas from the 30's to the 60's. My only complaint is the Patricia Neal character seemed tacked on for romance sake. She didn't add much and certainly didn't have an impact on the main thrust of the story. But that is a minor quibble. Another gem for one of the move overlooked actors - John Garfield.


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