Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.




  • "Key Largo" Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart 1948 Warner Bros.
  • "Key Largo" Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall 1948 Warner Bros.
  • "Key Largo" Humphrey Bogart and Lionel Barrymore 1948 Warner Bros.
  • "Key Largo" Humphrey Bogart & Edward G. Robinson. 1948 Warner Bros.
  • "Key Largo" Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson 1948 Warner Bros.
  • John Rodney at an event for Key Largo (1948)

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3 June 2015 | jeffhaller125
| Stagy? Thank God!
People often criticize this movie for really not being much more than a filmed play. Yeah! So what's wrong with that when the characters are three dimensional and the actors are brilliant. This movie gets dull only when it moves out of the hotel (the stage) and becomes a traditional action movie. The black and white photography is brilliant (I once saw it colorized and it was dreadful). The production design is perfectly honest. The direction is so clear and unpretentious; when you have faces as brilliant as these, you gotta take advantage of closeups. There is not one less than outstanding performance. Bacall's role doesn't call for her to do a lot of "acting" and as a result, she is very moving. Trevor had tough competition for her Oscar that year and she won because she understood that too much restraint would have been wrong yet she never goes too far. Bsrrymore is unusually tough and commanding, almost heroic against the thugs. Bogart is quiet and direct and when he gives Trevor her drink has the most powerful moment in the movie. Robinson? It is a real showy role, and Edward knew what not to do. He is savage. And he almost is sexy when he gets Claire to sing her song but he can revert to a monster within seconds and give the audience chills. It really is his movie. Gomez and his fellow stupid thugs are funny at times but the script is unusually honest and barbaric. Take away their guns and these guys are wimps. But why didn't they just stay in the hotel? The shootout at the end could have been done that way. The escape to Cuba isn't believable or compelling. Those who call this movie slow, just don't get it. They don't understand that artists use pacing for effect. Today's generation loving special effects and action and over-the-top acting will hate this movie. Their loss. And the loss for the future of film and theatre.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller


Release Date:

31 July 1948


English, Italian

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Filming Locations

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, USA

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