The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

DVD - 2017
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Harry Morgan is an honest charter-boat captain who is facing hard times, takes on dangerous cargo to save his boat, support his family, and preserve his dignity. Left in the lurch by a freeloading passenger, Harry starts to entertain the criminal propositions of a sleazy lawyer, as well as the playful come-ons of a cheeky blonde, making a series of compromises that stretch his morality, and his marriage, farther than he2ll admit.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681433448
Branch Call Number: DVD BREAKING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
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May 21, 2018

This monochrome 1950 film is a bit dated with chain-smoking, some excessive drinking and a one-sided marriage. The story of an average guy down on his luck who makes a bad decision that escalates is not a unique plot either, but the portrayal here of minor characters who suffer the consequences of those decisions is thought-provoking.

Mar 13, 2018

WOW! Great film. Not a second wasted, for sure. However, I found the comments by Garfield`s daughter in the supplements to be somewhat tasteless if not bizarre in nature.

Jan 23, 2018

Black and white film made in 1950. "A much truer version of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not than the Bogie/Bacall film." [Rotten Tomatoes]

Jan 22, 2018

A good movie based an the story of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. The additional extra about Michael Curtiz' career and the that of the actors of the movie is also worth watching.

Considered a noir gem polished by director Michael Curtiz, what I took away from THE BREAKING POINT is what a devastating assessment of postwar working-class manhood it is. John Garfield's Harry Morgan is a decorated military veteran who is trying to keep his business afloat (he captains a boat that caters to tourists) while raising two daughters with his devoted but demanding wife in a tidy seaside California town. Society is a hole. That seems to be the noir message. Middle-class decency is a sham. Harry Morgan is essentially doomed. Patricia Neal best known for her more domestic roles is amazing as the blonde party girl who shamelessly pursues a physical relationship with the married Morgan.

Oct 12, 2017

From the opening narrated line, to the final pull-away shot, this is an filmmaker's must-study noir film. Almost every frame is loaded with cinematic interesting shots. The supplements go in detail on the intricacies, so I won't go into that. That fact that I saw it twice in one sitting makes this film special since it has happen only a few times that I've it. It is to be studied as
Fellini's innovation of choreographic motion in my film classes. By the way, this film was suppressed during the red scare of the early '50s. It's a lost classic.

Jul 14, 2014

I really gripping movie from Director Michael Curtiz, who made many great films. John Garfield stars in this his next to last film in 1950. The Breaking Point was written by Ernest Hemmingway as "To Have and Have Not". It too was a excellent movie with Humphrey Bogart in Garfield role. Patricia Neal puts in her usual superb performance as the romantic interest of Garfield. She is loaded with trouble though, as most relationships like this are in movies. You won't be cheated on "The Breaking Point" which comes at the end of the film. You knew that!

Mar 08, 2014

Released in 1950 - The Breaking Point is a gripping, suspenseful and intriguing screen-adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel To Have And To Have Not (which was originally adapted for the screen in 1944 (under said title) and starred Humphrey Bogart).

Primarily set in the small, coastal town of Newport, California, The Breaking Point stars dynamo-actor John Garfield, as Harry Morgan, a charter-boat skipper (with a young family to support), who suddenly finds himself completely broke and in serious debt, owing a substantial amount of money on his boat (which is his livelihood).

Finding himself in this desperate situation, Harry gets himself involved in some no-good criminal activity when he reluctantly agrees to ferry 4 gangsters to safety following their big-time racing-track heist.

Finally coming to his senses, Harry wastes no time in making a few last-minute plans in order to double-cross the bad guys in a shoot-'em-up showdown that just might blow you out of the water.

Filmed in b&w, this first-rate motion picture was competently directed by Michael Curtiz who also directed the all-time classic Casablanca.


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Mar 08, 2014

"You know, one of these days you're gonna get your arm broke reaching for something that doesn't belong to you."


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