The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

John Garfield
Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: John Garfield
John Garfield
, Phyllis Thaxter
Phyllis Thaxter
, Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
Michael Curtiz

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This second screen version of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not is closer in spirit to the original than the first version, though it still is far from faithful to its source. John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, who has metamorphosed from Hemingway's gun-runner to an ex-PT boat captain, now running a charter boat service in Southern California. Deeply in debt, Morgan agrees to smuggle aliens and later tries to sneak a bunch of gangsters out of the country. By the time he's been given a wake-up call by his conscience, Morgan has caused the death of a close friend. Patricia Neal and Phyllis Thaxter make the most of their limited footage as, respectively Harry Morgan's casual mistress and faithful spouse. Many critics feel that The Breaking Point represents Michael Curtiz' finest directing job--no small praise for a man who helmed such classics as Casablanca and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2017
UPC: 0715515202114
Original Release: 1950
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 13,023

Special Features

New interview with critic Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film); New Piece featuring actor and acting instructor Julie Garfield on her father, actor John Garfield; New video essay by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou analyzing Curtiz's methods; Excerpts from a 1962 episode of Today showing contents of the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, including items related to To Have and Have Not, the novel on which The Breaking Point is based; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Garfield Harry Morgan
Phyllis Thaxter Lucy Morgan
Patricia Neal Leona Charles
Juano Hernandez Wesley Park
Wallace Ford Duncan
Edmon Ryan Rogers
Ralph Dumke Hannagan
Guy Thomajan Danny
William Campbell Concho
Sherry Jackson Amelia
Donna Jo Boyce Connie
Peter Brocco Macho
Victor Sen Yung Mr. Sing
John Doucette Gotch
James Griffith Charlie
Norman Field Dock Attendant
Juan Duval Bartender
Spencer Chan 1st Chinese Cook
Helen Hatch Mrs. Cooley
Bob McLean Leona's Party
Beverly Mook Kid
John Close Deputy
Alex Gerry Mr. Phillips
Mary Carroll Girl
Glen Turnbull Taxi Driver
John Morgan Reporter
John Alvin Reporter
David McMahon Coast Guardsman
Paul McGuire Leona's Escort
Len Hendry Boatswain

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Edward Carrere Art Director
Alan Crosland Editor
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie G. Hewitt Sound/Sound Designer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Bill Phillips Makeup
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Wald Producer

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