7.6/10
13,638
95 user 63 critic

High Sierra (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 January 1941 (USA)
Trailer
2:38 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

John Huston (screen play), W.R. Burnett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When one of 2 truck driving brothers loses an arm, they both join a transport company where later, the other is falsely charged as an accessory in the murder of the owner.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane
Dark Passage (1947)
Certificate: Passed Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis
Key Largo (1948)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne
Certificate: Passed Drama | Film-Noir | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling
The Big Sleep (1946)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ida Lupino ... Marie
Humphrey Bogart ... Roy Earle
Alan Curtis ... 'Babe'
Arthur Kennedy ... 'Red'
Joan Leslie ... Velma
Henry Hull ... 'Doc' Banton
Henry Travers ... Pa
Jerome Cowan ... Healy
Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Baughmam
Barton MacLane ... Jake Kranmer
Elisabeth Risdon ... Ma (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Cornel Wilde ... Louis Mendoza
Donald MacBride ... Big Mac
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Baughmam
Isabel Jewell ... Blonde
Edit

Storyline

Roy 'Mad Dog' Earle is broken out of prison by an old associate who wants him to help with an upcoming robbery. When the robbery goes wrong and a man is shot and killed Earle is forced to go on the run, and with the police and an angry press hot on his tail he eventually takes refuge among the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, where a tense siege ensues. But will the Police make him regret the attachments he formed with two women during the brief planning of the robbery. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Blazing Mountain Manhunt for Killer 'Mad-Dog' Earle! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entscheidung in der Sierra See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$455,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Humphrey Bogart had to persuade Raoul Walsh to hire him since Walsh envisioned Bogart as a supporting player rather than a leading man. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) Roy points to the sky and says that a "twinkling" star is Venus, but planets are recognizable because they do not "twinkle." See more »

Quotes

Bus driver: Just like all dames... she don't know whether she's coming or going.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits curve over the mountain-top valley of the background, as the wind would do. See more »

Alternate Versions

Because this movie made Humphrey Bogart a major star, re-releases billed him ahead of Ida Lupino. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Eastwood Factor (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Get a Kick out of You (1934)
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played on a record at Velma's Home
Danced to by Joan Leslie and John Eldredge
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
THIS is Cinema!
14 August 2004 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

Gangster's movies specialist Raoul Walsh reaches his highest level on this (not-so)typical story that tells the story of an outlaw (Humphrey Bogart) that has just come out of prison and gotta make one last hold-up. In principle everything in High Sierra follows the patterns of this glorious genre, but after watching it several times you come to the conclussion that this movie is much darker than the most of gangster's movies. This Gangster, this Roy Earle (Bogart at his best) is not heartless and cruel as james Cagney's Scarface (for example). No. This Roy Earle really wants to quit on being an outlaw. He wants to go back to the farm where he grew up, and start a new life. He meets a decent girl (Joan Leslie) and falls in love with her... But leaving the underworld is not that easy. Once you've killed and robbed, you're forever marked. And that's the cross that Earle's gotta carry. Finally he realizes that this life he's dreaming about, the good girl, the farm, kids running around... it's not gonna be possible. So he put up with being an outlaw and loving the bad girl, the flirtitious one (Ida Lupino, great woman)... , the one that really loves him, because she understands him, because they both came from the same place. Much more than a simple ganster's movie, High Sierra is a drama about what means to be a marked man.

Raoul Walsh does an outstanding job (as expected from such a giant). The script is signed by none other than Mr. John Huston, and "perfect" would be the aproppiate word to define it. The dialogues are powerful, dinamic, maybe a "little" sexist, but it was 1941 and, anyway, Roy Earle treats women much more gently than many of men. Lupino's and Bogart's characters are just amazing; and they both perform one of their best jobs. The car chasing at the end of the film is one of the best sequences ever, and there's no doubt it's been copied hundreds of times in subsequent films.

So if we have Raoul Walsh, Humphrey Bogart, and John Huston nothing can possibly go wrong. High Sierra = Essential

My Rate: 9/10


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 95 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed