The Breaking Point
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Broke and with a family to support, charter-boat skipper Harry Morgan (John Garfield) makes a desperate gamble. For cash that will save his boat from creditors, he ferries gangsters to safety after a racing-track heist. But when you gamble, sometimes you lose. Tense and sinewy, The Breaking Point is a more faithful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not than the earlier Bogart-Bacall classic. Garfield, one of the screen's great anti-heroes, makes Morgan his own in a rugged portrayal etched with anguish. Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), who guided Garfield to instant stardom in Four Daughters, turns the action scenes into movie dynamite, but the film's quiet final image is the one that will haunt you.
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Much of The Breaking Point was shot on location in sun light.....yet, the feeling of doom and dread prevails without the iconic film noir tropes of well defined shadows and pin point lighting. Of the many great things about this movie, the photography was the most impressive to me. The entire cast is on point, and at home scenes with Garfield and his family are even more important than the more melodramatic scenes..... also a departure from more typical film noir. Patricia Neal plays what you think will be a femme fatale, but her character arc is somewhat different. She is magnificent in the role...............this performance is equal to those in A Face in the Crowd and The Day The Earth Stood Still.
I might be overstating it, but this may be equal to or better than the Curtiz noir masterpiece Mildred Pierce.....this is a must watch for fans of film noir.