The Breaking Point

1950

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller

9
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 1639

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John Doucette as Gotch Goten
Victor Sen Yung as Mr. Sing
Wallace Ford as F.R. Duncan
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Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 10 / 10

Totally entertaining!

Copyright 15 September 1950 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. A Warner Bros.—First National picture. New York release at the Strand: 6 October 1950. U.S. release: 30 September 1950. U.K release: December 1950. Australian release: 6 June 1952. 8,789 feet. 97½ minutes.

SYNOPSIS: An ex-G.I. attempts to make a living by chartering his fishing boat.

NOTES: Domestic gross: approximately $1,100,000.

COMMENT: Previously filmed as "To Have and Have Not: by Howard Hawks in 1945, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and the climax was used by John Huston in "Key Largo" (1948) also starring Bogart. The novel was remade in 1958 by Don Siegel with Audio Murphy in the Garfield part and Eddie Albert as Hannagan under the title, "The Gun Runners".

Garfield's second-last film was one of the most memorable roles of his career. Comparisons with the Bogart interpretation in both To Have and Have Not and Key Largo are inevitable, but Garfield's embattled, realistic performance stays with the viewer long after the Bogart charisma is forgotten. Julie can hold his own even against Pat Neal, who is given all the sharp, caustic lines, all the make-up, glances and nuances of the glamorous femme fatale. Such is the power of his performance, he can even make his rejection of Pat in favor of plain Phyllis sympathetic and believable.

The support cast is likewise excellent, Neal has a field day with the siren role, Thaxter is not afraid to look plain, even ugly as the harassed wife. Even the two kids quarrelsome and demanding, are far from the usual Hollywood butter-and-spice stereotypes. Wallace Ford turns in one of the most showy of his greasy performances as a shady lawyer, while Hernandez plays Garfield's too-loyal mate with his usual dignity.

"The Breaking Point" re-unites Ranald MacDougall, one of the scriptwriters of Mildred Pierce, with the producer of that film, Jerry Wald, and its director, Michael Curtiz. The taut, realistic dialogue and violent action are in expert hands — realized against stunningly-photographed locations and atmospherically-lit studio interiors.

Curtiz's mastery of the film medium — his tight, deep-focus compositions re-enforce the drama and the feeling of the central character's inner torment and sense of persecution; his insistence on realism makes the explosive climax even more horrible and terrifying; while his ability to draw strong performances is self- evident — allied with an expansive budget and a tight, sharp script — is chiefly responsible for The Breaking Point's deserved reputation as the best screen version of Hemingway.

In all, a totally entertaining film, with riveting performances, crackling dialogue, a powerful climax and a memorable conclusion as the crowd is cleared away from the wharf, and Joseph (Hernandez's real- life son) stands, puzzled and bewildered, alone!

Reviewed by rbrb 8 / 10

Fabulous Film Noir Classic

A first rate 1950 movie with all the ingredients of political incorrectness: smoking, drinking, sexism et al are all included.

A sea caption with a wife and 2 kids to support has reached breaking point and needs to turn to illegal activities to try to make some money.

John Garfield is surely a cult figure as there a few actors who then and now can equal his screen masculinity. The actresses in the roles of his wife and moll are equally impressive in their respective parts as are the screen children.

Good raw action with solid quiet moments guarantees this film:

8/10.

Reviewed by writers_reign 7 / 10

Chinaman's Chance

John Garfield's penultimate film was a more faithful adaption of Hemingway's minor novel To Have And Have Not yet ironically the original title had to be changed for reasons that elude me as I have always believed that titles cannot be copyrighted. Be that as it may Garfield turns in a fine performance as Harry Morgan, married this time around and sailing out of California rather than Havana. Phyllis Thaxter is excellent as his world-weary wife and Patrica Neal's whore in all but name complements her perfectly and gets the lion's share of the one-liners. Wallace Ford is suitably oily as the architect of all Morgan's troubles and Juan Hernandez lends sterling support as Morgan's crew-cum-friend.

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