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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.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screen play by), Ernest Hemingway (based on the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Harry Morgan
Patricia Neal ... Leona Charles
Phyllis Thaxter ... Lucy Morgan
Juano Hernandez ... Wesley Park
Wallace Ford ... F.R. Duncan
Edmon Ryan ... Rogers
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Hannagan
Guy Thomajan ... Danny
William Campbell ... Concho
Sherry Jackson ... Amy Morgan
Donna Jo Boyce Donna Jo Boyce ... Connie Morgan
Victor Sen Yung ... Mr. Sing
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illdåd ombord See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the memorabilia on the wall, Harry was awarded the Silver Star medal and more than one Purple Heart medal while serving as a U.S. Navy officer on PT boats in the Pacific. See more »

Goofs

When Harry goes to look at the plaques and pictures on the wall, the positions of some change between the longer shot and the close-up where he straightens the picture of the PT boat - most noticeably the plaque with his medal ribbons. See more »

Quotes

Leona Charles: Are you in trouble?
Harry Morgan: Up to my eyes I'm in trouble.
Leona Charles: Whatever it is - let it go.
Harry Morgan: I ain't got no choice. All I got left to peddle is guts. I'm not sure I got any. I have to find out.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
(uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Patricia Neal in the bar
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Garfield in one of his best
25 May 2011 | by joedonato234See all my reviews

This is a remake of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT that supposedly from what I've read sticks closer to the Hemingway story. Garfield could play the strong but tormented guy like nobody's business, here however we have most of the information needed in understanding just what's eating at this guy, wearing him down and making him afraid. "A man alone hasn't got a chance," he keeps repeating. But Harry isn't alone. He's got a family that loves him, a plain but good woman he adores, and who adores him. A best friend who is his shipping mate, yet he still can't shake the feeling that somehow the universe is against him, working overtime. He's like a man that needs some spiritual guidance. Something is missing. On first viewing this plays like a well done yarn. On subsequent viewings however, this film begins to haunt. The characters and scenes play on a deeper, more meaningful level. The domestic scenes, usually the throwaway, boring parts of a story like this, become the rock and Garfield and Phylis Thaxter emit genuine emotion and affection for one another that is unusually realistic. Patricia Neal is the temptress here, and in an unusual move, we're not supposed to fall in love with her or maybe even like her, which is evident in how she's physically presented. Her haircut is really bad and she's basically unflatteringly lit and photographed. She too looks realistic: like a once beautiful creature who's been around the block too many times and is starting to look all used up.

Juano Hernandez rounds out the main players as Garfield's friend and shipmate. It was Garfield who insisted the character be a black man and had the relationship between the two beefed up. According to Garfield's daughter, the studio didn't like the idea and tried to talk him out of it, eventually giving up. This casting led to someone (director Michael Curtiz?)coming up with that final shot in the film that hits like a sucker punch to the gut, unexpected and unforgettable.

Watch this one a second time and see if you agree.


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