Dark Passage (Snap Case)
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The plot is fairly simple (well, considering its friends in the genre): an escaped convict tries to hide, has his face disfigured (into Humphrey Bogart, which is pretty funny when you think about it), and then tries to unearth some answers involving his past. During his journey Vincent (Bogart) meets up with these people who all have something in common that drives them, loneliness, and his relationships with them add a compelling depth and intensely personal nature to what could have been an average crime story. It drives the film with these instead of some labryinthian plot about a crime or a heist, although it must be said that the plot is still ridiculously exciting, and still contains loads of suspense and enough twists to keep any noir-phile captivated. San Francisco serves as the magnificent moody setting with Bogart running around the city trying to escape the cops and still take care of his own problems. His hide and seek game really grabs you, it's thrillingly done and they bring you right down into it. Bogart turns in a fine performance, playing a sympathetic character who isn't very streetwise and not much of a tough guy at all (there's one scene where he's on the verge of nausea while talking to a detective, it's a very convincing performance from Bogart).Read more ›
"Dark Passage" is solid crime noir: not quite the top of the genre, but very entertaining nevertheless. Seeing Bogart and Bacall together is always a joy, although "Dark Passage" is a somewhat odd pairing -- mostly because Bogart is not seen by the audience for the first half of the movie. The gimmick is that the movie is seen from his perspective until he undergoes plastic surgery, then the new Parry emerges as Bogart. The technique is a bit stagey and awkward at times, but the talented cast pulls it through. Bogart gives a good performance, although the majority of it is essentially voice-over, and Bacall is as beautiful as ever. The supporting cast is also solid, particularly Agnes Moorehead as the meddling Madge.
Based on the book by David Goodis ("Shoot the Piano Player), the plot is pretty unbelievable, but no more improbable than many other good noir films. The cinematography is quite nice and makes good use of the San Francisco setting. Overall, "Dark Passage" is great fun -- watch it, enjoy it, and forget about the glaring plot holes.
1947 seemed to be The Year of the Subjective Camera, with DP's first hour shot from Bogart's point of view and Robert Montgomery's LADY IN THE LAKE using the technique throughout. Unlike LADY...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the plot a lot and the filming was fantastic for the era. I was also gratified with an ending that wasn't completely perfect or overly happy.Published 14 hours ago by Carter B.
Of course you have to take into consideration the timer period it was made in, but considering a lot of what now seems silliness, it did a great jobe for its time. Read morePublished 12 days ago by BillyPat
Don't be fooled. You will be disappointed if you are expecting a masterpiece starring the usually fine acting team of Bogart and Bacall. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rose Tellin
Another great picture no doubt doomed to oblivion as younger audiences have the same name recognition of stars from the 40’s as I have for today’s stars (2016). Read morePublished 14 days ago by Hrothgar
Incredible film. Such a ballsy move by Hollywood at the time to develop Bogart's character. And that Lauren Bacall, what a babe-a-ringo!Published 14 days ago by Kevin