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High Sierra

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
High Sierra
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A gangster's hard-boiled persona finds itself at war with his compassionate side, a side that will ultimately be his downfall.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Turner Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9781419841439
1419841432
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Walsh, Raoul 1887-1980.
Lupino, Ida 1918-1995.
Bogart, Humphrey 1899-1957.
Curtis, Alan 1909-1953.
Huston, John 1906-1987.
Burnett, W. R. (William Riley), 1899-1982.
Warner Bros. (1923-1967)
Warner Home Video (Firm)

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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It’s bullets, dames, and an extra helping of testosterone in this classic noir thriller, penned in part by John Huston. Humphrey Bogart is notorious bank robber Roy Earle, recently released from a life sentence thanks to some political dealings by his former associate, Big Mac. But this is not a simple humanitarian gesture on Mac’s part for the gangster boss has need of Earle’s special talents. There’s a secluded resort in the mountains of California where the rich (and their jewellery) go to frolic, and Big Mac wants Roy to break into the hotel’s vault where the pampered guests stash a small fortune in gold and gems. Teaming up with a couple of small town hoods and the inevitable femme fatale (Ida Lupino as Marie, a two-bit dancehall girl seeking a better life) Earle sets out to fulfill his obligation to Big Mac. Of course things don’t go exactly as planned... Although I’ve never been fond of Bogart’s acting style, his portrayal of Roy Earle contains a complexity which goes beyond the clichéd tough guy image. He is a study in contradiction and inner conflict, longing for a simpler honest life yet unable break ties with his criminal past; an inability which seems to taint everything he touches. A side story involving a penniless farmer and his crippled daughter reveals an unexpected vulnerability and deep-seated hunger for love, while a budding romance with Marie carries more fatalistic overtones. In true noir fashion the drama runs hot and heavy while the passionate kisses seem more forced than natural, but a bit of comic relief in the form of a black handyman (racial stereotyping á la 1940s) and a jinxed pooch with a dark reputation (Bogart’s real life pet) lift the mood somewhat. And those theatrical closing scenes, high atop a barren mountainside, are pure cinema!

Jun 25, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Walsh had created one of the definitive 30’s gangster movies a few years earlier with The Roaring Twenties, and here he creates one of the first true “doomed gangster” (in the existentially nihilistic sense) films. Bogart is fantastic, Walsh’s direction is as crisp as ever, and all around this is one of the classics of the gangster genre.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic film-noir from Raoul Walsh, adapted from renowned gangster novelist W.R. Burnett's yarn, and embellished by John Huston. Agreed that this is one of Bogart's best, as the hard-boiled ex-con 'Mad Dog' Earle, softened by an ungrateful farmer's daughter. Including the loveable Henry Travers (who I can never see as anybody other than Frank Capra's "Clarence"). That little mutt "Pard" WAS bad luck. Awesome flick. FIVE STARS.

Feb 21, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best Humphrey Bogart movies. Sympathetic story of an old-time criminal with a heart and a broken-heart. Ida Lapino, Arthur Kennedy, Barton MacLane and Henry Hull are great in their supporting roles. Not to be missed.

One of Humphrey Bogart's best. He plays a hardened gangster, "Roy Earl" in typical "Bogie" style. He doesn't feel sorry for his crimes, he doesn't flinch at killing, and only occasionally shows signs of conscience. Love? I'll leave that aspect for the viewer to discover. Sure, he'll 'get out of this racket'---after he collects his last cut. But justice is hot on his tail, and Roy has strings tied to him that will ultimately trip him.

This movie excellently portrays a criminal, hardened gangster as three-dimensional. Earl shows character and guts in a way that endears him to you.

Recommend!

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Marie Garson (getting ready to leave on the bus): "...I'm awful sorry for the way I've acted." Roy Earle: "You got nothin' to be sorry about!" Marie Garson: "Yes I have. Naggin' at cha and flyin' off the handle. I wish I hadn't. Ohhh..." (weeps) Roy Earle (smiling): "Aww, I like it! I mean, that's the way married people oughta act! Listen, my Ma and Pa fought like cats and dogs goin' on forty years. I wouldn't give ya two cents for a dame without a temper!"

Look at big shot Earl, just lyin' there.

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