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Tortilla Flat [VHS]

3.9 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Frank Morgan, Akim Tamiroff
  • Directors: Victor Fleming
  • Writers: Benjamin Glazer, John Lee Mahin, John Steinbeck, Paul Osborn
  • Producers: Sam Zimbalist
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302308542
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A star-studded cast turns John Steinbeck's famous novel into a classic motion picture.

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Format: VHS Tape
It's true that it's nearly impossible to make John Steinbeck's stories into movies. I had the advantage of having read Tortilla Flat before seeing this movie version. In cinema you have the visual facet of storytelling. You cannot go verbatim into film. Some things get mis-translated. Those who had a hand in making this film knew exactly where to take it. That or it was plain old blind luck. I could tell they knew the story well. They knew how to retell it in movie form. That was their strength. Black and white is like alchemy for many nowadays, but back then it was already a refined art. For the whole movie i hadn't noticed that it was in black and white. You don't yearn for color when all the elements of lighting, composition, tonal range, everything, tricks your mind into perceiving color. All of the characters were engaging and alive. The story took me in, into Monterey. It's a story of people who have very little, but in their friendships are more well off than the very wealthy. If you watch this movie before you read the book, it is just as well. You won't miss much by not reading the book. The movie is that good.
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I read the book also like the critic below me but this is a film and one of MGM's finest. It is a wonder to behold. Spencer Tracy's performance as the hapless Pilon is a highlite and John Garfield as Danny is a performance to treasure. Buying this movie off of Amazon was a refreshment. It has always been one of my favorite films and will always be. The comments below mine is from an old book-crone from a person who spends time looking at the negative points of the film and cannot sit back and enjoy a real classic.
Victor Fleming's direction ("Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz") is truly fashioned in its true existential film about the life of the "paisanos" and Hedy Lammar's performance as "Sweets" Ramirez is her best. See this movie.
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This is an excellent Hollywood adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, with Victor Fleming directing Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, Hedy Lamarr, and, Frank Morgan who was nominated for, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the dog lover which I guarantee you won't forget!

This is a story about the Paisanos of Monterey, told through three friends, Pilon, Danny, and the Pirate, all who live a carefree life of drinking and parties until Danny's life takes a surprising turn when he inherits two houses making him "A man of property". Danny soon meets a cannery worker named "Sweets", played to the hilt by the historically beautiful Hedy Lamarr. The tension between Garfield and Lamarr is at its best as they both fight the attraction they feel for each other. This little known gem is definately worth adding to a classics collection.
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This is a classic. Anyone who lives on the California coast will relate to this as it is so typical of the people. We watch this one over and over again. It is NOT like the book. Consider it by itself.
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John Steinbeck's novel is telling the story of a fishermen community in California. Portrayed by Tracy, Garfield, Morgan
and Lamarr; it seems nothing is going on while you're watching and have fun. Wonderful direction by Victor Fleming
(Gone with the Wind) and a cast in top form.
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A harmless and leisurely "adaptation" of Steinbeck's book. Though Tracy tries hard, his native intelligence shines through in every scene he's in, which renders his characterization pretty unbelievable. Same goes for Garfield, whose wooing of Lamarr's "Sweets" comes off today as more than just un-PC, including one early scene where he all but forces himself on her.

Pro Fleming does his best, and it's interesting to see him working on a lower budget than usual. The cheapo studio backgrounds really take the viewer out of the scenes in which they are utilizing (the background painting of the town early on wouldn't pass muster in a college art class). Clearly, despite the cast, crew, and source material, MGM was saving money right and left on this one. A few second-unit shots from up Monterey way would have greatly helped the film's verissimilitude.

That said, everyone tries their damndest, Frank Morgan is great, and Hedy Lamarr steals the film, even from Tracy (no small feat).
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This motion picture adaptation of the story by John Steinbeck is apparently the only version. That is somewhat surprising as it is a somewhat classic tale. It is the story about a group of layabouts led by a character played by Spencer Tracy. They try to survive by mooching rather than working and, when one of their group inherits from his grandfather, they move in to share in their friend's good fortune. It is considered a sin for one of their group to actually take a job, even though jobs are available (the motion picture was filmed in 1942 after the economy had picked up following the Great Depression). Marriage is to be avoided, because that would cause a man to work.

Some characters come across much stronger than others and tend to carry the motion picture forward. Overall, it is not five star, but is worth watching. It was filmed in black and white without the benefit of modern special effects

For a more recent story about a moocher, there is Bosco Dorff in "Murder...Suicide...Whatever."
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