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The Breaking Point (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 October 1950 (USA)
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 »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Have and Have Not 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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In April 1967, director Sam Peckinpah told a Los Angeles Times interviewer "This may surprise you, but I admire Michael Curtiz. Especially THE BREAKING POINT, with Phyllis Thaxter and John Garfield." 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

Harry Morgan: Load in lots of coffee. And tomatoes, you know how much I love tomatoes.
Lucy Morgan: No tomatoes. They're bad for you.
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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the dockside bar
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Well made and crisp version of often told tale
8 November 2003 | by lorenellroySee 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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