We're No Angels (1955) 1955 NR CC

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In Christmas, three prisoners - Joseph, Albert and Jules - escape from the Devil's Island to a small coastal town in France. They decide to rob a store to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place

Starring:
Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

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We're No Angels (1955)

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Michael Curtiz
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray
Supporting actors Peter Ustinov, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll, John Baer, Gloria Talbott, Lea Penman, John Smith, George Dee, Jack Del Rio, Ross Gould, Louis Mercier, Torben Meyer, Paul Newlan, Joe Ploski, Victor Romito
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

A fun movie and a great cast.
mountainman
No matter how many times I see this movie, it still makes me laugh and feel good at the same time.
Lori L.
It is without a doubt one of the best classic movies ever made.
oftenwrong

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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Rowan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2000
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Every year around the holidays, I sit down with a cup of coffee, wrap an afghan around myself and fall under the spell of this film yet again. It's the story of three convicts trying to escape Devil's Island at Christmas. And in spite of their best (or worst)intentions to do in a struggling shopkeeper and his family and steal all their money, they end up celebrating the holidays as part of the family.
The casting is unexpected but quite wonderful, with tough guys Humphrey Bogart and Aldo Ray showing their comic sides. Peter Ustinov rounds out the trio of crooks and murderers nicely, with his dry, self-effacing delivery. Leo G. Carroll, Joan Bennett and Basil Rathbone all turn in wonderful performances on the law-abiding side of things.
We're No Angels is a film that never drifts into sappiness or sentimentality. There's always a little edge to the comedy, a little darkness underlying the light, and that makes for delicious viewing. It's a very human and humane comedy for people who don't want their holiday spoiled by too much sugar. One caveat: Do NOT mistake the remake for this film. They're not the same by any stretch.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
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Anytime I visit my local Video store around the Christmas Season,I have to remind the Manager,that besides " Miracle on 34 th. Street " and the usual array of "feel good" movies for the holidays,this one is never on the shelf with the others..but it should be ! The combination of Bogart,Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray is perfect.Every cliche,like " poisonous snakes always get the bad guy,the good guy can pick it up with his bare hands "...has been met head on,and they work well.All the characters are endearing and the end is wonderful,I see it every Christmas along with " The Bishophs Wife ".Who would not want to sit and have 90 minutes with Bogie & Co. ? Not me !!!!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
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No special effects. No blood, guts and gore. No embarrassing sex scenes. No inane dialog. Just a great script, unique storyline and a wonderful cast. Ustinov doesn't need to say a word but when he does, he's priceless!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Macgibbon on December 16, 2004
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"We're No Angels", has been a personal Christams classic of mine since I was 6 years old.

Where I lived, the local TV station programmer had enough insight to make this a yearly supplement, along with the traditional classics such as 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'Rudolf'the Red-Nosed Reindeer'.

There's no denying the appeal of this movie, Christmas or otherwise, and there's enough positive praise of the film on this site to merit a DVD release, so PLEASE grant us this Christmas wish!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on December 11, 2001
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Movie critics are not impressed with this movie. We have to disagree with the so-called experts; this is a hilarious comedy. Looking beyond the sentimental trappings, the strength of the film is the droll exchanges of the three convicts: Joseph (Humphrey Bogart), Jules (Peter Ustinov), and Albert (Aldo Ray). With their pet viper, Adolph, the trio saves the Ducotel family from financial ruin by using their criminal skills to foil the real villains. Their interactions with the loving Ducotel family begin to soften their jaded view of humanity. As things get emotional on Christmas Eve, observe the comic arrival, mock trial, and execution of evil Cousin Andre Trochard. After Cousin Andre expires, the boys have trouble getting the body discovered by a "legitimate" person, another hilarious segment. Veteran director Michael Curtiz deftly displays a fine flair for timing and stinging humor. Bogie is good at deadpan delivery. As a slick con man, note his ability to sell the bald-headed customer hairbrushes. Peter Ustinov is funny as a polite sex-fiend and murderer. He drools longingly over a hefty lady customer of the Ducotel store and recalls occasions by date of when he was happy. Aldo Ray, another lady-killer, gives the innocent daughter, Isabelle (Gloria Talbott), amusing advice on seduction. Basil Rathbone plays, well, a Basil Rathbone type as coldhearted Cousin Andre in a ridiculous tasseled nightcap. Leo G. Carroll is lovable and befuddled as Felix. Joan Bennett rounds out the cast as his attractive younger wife, Amelie. The movie, based on a play, looks a little stiff and stagy in places. Beyond this minor quibble, it's great fun. ;-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on September 30, 2005
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I just got this movie and it is wonderful. I have not seen this film in almost 5 years but I remember every moment as I watched. The DVD just has the widescreen version of the picture but this is one of those pictures that needs no assistance with showing its greatness. If you love dark humor mixed with clever lines delivered by classic actors then you cannot go wrong with this picture.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clea Brooks on August 2, 2003
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I don't know who would not like this movie, the only drawback? There is none. This film is one of the funniest most under-rated movies I have ever seen and it is a winner for anyone. Besides having an all-star cast of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Basil Rathbone it also stars favorites such as Joan Bennett, Leo. G. Carroll, and not so well know but equally excellent Aldo Ray. Rathbone vies with Carroll to steal the show, although Ustinov is a visibly brilliant in all of his scenes. The magic of this film is the excellent chemistry between Ray, Bogart, and Ustinov and the hilariously funny screenplay done by Ranald MacDougall. The script is hilarious and will keep you laughing even if you know all the lines. The plot also is great and a winner for not only Christmas time but year round. I don't know why the critics panned the movie; except that Bogart was continually typecast as the "male lead". He is surprisingly funny however making this movie one of his absolute best. I don�t know what else to say except "Watch it!!!"
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