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Key Largo [DVD] [1948]

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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Harry Lewis, John Rodney, Thomas Gomez
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: John Huston, Maxwell Anderson, Richard Brooks
  • Producers: Jerry Wald
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TLB9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
Key Largo is just one of John Huston's many memorable films that somehow always seem to transcend the intention--the Hollywood intention being to make a few bucks--and to this day still plays very well and indeed appears as something close to a work of art. It features what I think is one of Edward G. Robinson's finest performances as Johnny Rocco, a sociopathic gangster holding the off-season personnel of a seaside hotel hostage as he concludes a counterfeit money deal.
The story begins as Major Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) pays a visit to the family of one of his G.I. buddies who was killed in Italy during WWII. He finds the welcome from the hotel's only "guests" chilly except for Gaye Dawn (a funny and perhaps prescient Hollywood stage name) played by Claire Trevor who is drunk and befriends him. After a bit McCloud discovers that the hotel's owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and her invalid father-in-law James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) have been tricked into allowing Rocco's gang to stay and now, as a tropical storm begins to blow, are being held at gunpoint. McCloud's delicate task is to keep the megalomaniac and murderous personality of Rocco under some control so that he doesn't murder everyone.
Note that this is a splendid cast, and they all do a good job. Note too that Huston adapted this from a play by the versatile American playwright Maxwell Anderson. So the ingredients for a good film are clearly in place; and aside from some self-conscious mishmash with the Seminoles of Florida, this is a success. Anderson's desire to explore the psychopathic personality (some years later he adapted William March's novel The Bad Seed into a stage play) finds realization in Huston's direction and especially in Robinson's indelible performance.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 15 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
John Huston crafted this very fine film with the underlying theme of isolation from a play by Maxwell Anderson. The backdrop of a gangster taking over a hotel in the Florida Keys is filled with inner emotional depth rather than a lot of action, making this the most mature and realistic of romances Bogart and Bacall would have on screen.
Major Frank McCloud (Bogart) shows up at the Largo hotel in the Keys to see his war buddy's father and widow to give them some news about how George died a hero. McCloud himself is disillusioned from trying to save the world and has been drifting since the war in both a personal and literal sense.
Nora (Bacall) had been drifting before she met George and begins to feel this same connection to Frank as they talk about their lives since the war. There is a maturity here as Huston shows a deeper aspect to caring about someone instead of the fireworks of physical attraction. The themes of loneliness and isolation run through every aspect of this film.
Frank once again must decide whether to save the world when the Largo is taken over by fallen gangster Johnny Rocco (Robinson). Rocco was once big and despite his deportation back to Cuba by the United States government as an undesirable, plans to be big again. Frank had gone to war as an idealist, hoping to rid the world of gangsters like Rocco but now views it as a lost cause.
But as Nora keeps telling Frank, your head may say one thing but your whole life says another. As the tension of being held hostage as a hurricane approaches the sweltering Keys builds, Frank slowly begins to go with his whole life rather than his head, breaking his own personal isolation from the fight he gave up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DM Webster on 4 Sep 2002
Format: DVD
Bogart and Bacall trapped in a hotel with gangsters while a hurricane rages overhead- this can only mean trouble! Cue the discussion of morality, dabblings in reverse psychology and mounting tension that we've come to expect from this type of film. Bogart is bascially playing himself (again) and isn't really any more convincing here than in any of his other films, but that's what makes him Bogart. Bacall brings class to the proceedings. The ending will have you questioning Bogart's morality. Is he really any better than the other characters? The quality of the print is excellent but there's not a lot of extras here- just the obligatory trailer, but this is a film which isn't to be missed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 2001
Format: DVD
Key Largo is one of the Hollywood studio greats, revelling in the perfect casting of Bogart and Bacall.
The story is simple enough: after the war an ex-marine (Bogart) visits the Key Largo hotel owned by the father of one of his men, who was killed in action. He meets the dead soldier's wife (Bacall) there, along with a group of gangsters led by the ferocious Rocco (Edward G. Robinson). A hurricane whips up, and the group are trapped in the hotel whilst themes of loyalty, greed, personal honour, love and the value of life are explored and laid bare.
If only modern scriptwriters had this ability to speak so profoundly without preaching! The origins of the piece in a play are clear but inconsequential, as they are in a companion piece, The Twelve Angry Men. The story moves quickly and dramatic high points occur with heart-stopping frequency.
The other reaon that you should see this film is the beautiful print that is presented here on the DVD. It's so fresh and sharp, with such wonderful contrasts and tonal gradations, that it makes a movie that was made in the late forties look like it was made yesterday. It doesn't look like an "old" film any more, but a top quality black and white indie movie.
A great movie, presented beautifully. No extras, of course, but the movie doesn't need them.
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