High Sierra

High Sierra

DVD - 2003
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"Prohibition era gangster Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) walks out of prison...and into two unfamiliar worlds: the jitterbugging 1940s and the towering majesty of High Sierra. This fast-paced, heist-gone-wrong manhunt movie is also a fascinating study of a man time has passed by. Earle identifies more with the era's homeless Okies than the callow punks he leads on a disastrous hotel robbery. Then the teenager he loves (Joan Leslie) rejects him and only Marie (Ida Lupino), a weary '30s survivor like himself, remains loyal when cops close in"--Container.
Publisher: [S.l. : Turner Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2003]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm.

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akirakato
Jul 26, 2017

Directed by Raoul Walsh and originally released in 1941, this 100-minute gangster-heist drama was adapted from the novel by William R. Burnett.
The heist plot seems quite unbelievable and looks even silly.
Velma should've acted more decently.
After all the script turns out to be second-class, if not third-class.
Although the performances of Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart are good, no great director makes a good movie out of a second-class scleenplay.
However, a well-trained dog named "Pard" appears profoundly cute and fascinating.
I like this pooch very much but not the drama itself.

7duffy May 09, 2015

Very good film. Bogie at his anti-hero best.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

It’s bullets, dames, and an extra helping of testosterone in this classic noir thriller, penned in part by John Huston. Although I’ve never been fond of Bogart’s acting style, his portrayal of Roy Earle contains a complexity which goes beyond the clichéd tough guy image. He is a study in contradiction and inner conflict, longing for a simpler honest life yet unable break ties with his criminal past; an inability which seems to taint everything he touches. A side story involving a penniless farmer and his crippled daughter reveals an unexpected vulnerability and deep-seated hunger for love, while a budding romance with Marie carries more fatalistic overtones. In true noir fashion the drama runs hot and heavy while the passionate kisses seem more forced than natural, but a bit of comic relief in the form of a black handyman (racial stereotyping á la 1940s) and a jinxed pooch with a dark reputation (Bogart’s real life pet) lift the mood somewhat. And those theatrical closing scenes, high atop a barren mountainside, are pure cinema!

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Isley
Jun 25, 2014

Walsh had created one of the definitive 30’s gangster movies a few years earlier with The Roaring Twenties, and here he creates one of the first true “doomed gangster” (in the existentially nihilistic sense) films. Bogart is fantastic, Walsh’s direction is as crisp as ever, and all around this is one of the classics of the gangster genre.

voisjoe1 Feb 21, 2012

One of the best Humphrey Bogart movies. Sympathetic story of an old-time criminal with a heart and a broken-heart. Ida Lapino, Arthur Kennedy, Barton MacLane and Henry Hull are great in their supporting roles. Not to be missed.

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BROOKE BERKOMPAS
Feb 12, 2011

One of Humphrey Bogart's best. He plays a hardened gangster, "Roy Earl" in typical "Bogie" style. He doesn't feel sorry for his crimes, he doesn't flinch at killing, and only occasionally shows signs of conscience. Love? I'll leave that aspect for the viewer to discover. Sure, he'll 'get out of this racket'---after he collects his last cut. But justice is hot on his tail, and Roy has strings tied to him that will ultimately trip him.

This movie excellently portrays a criminal, hardened gangster as three-dimensional. Earl shows character and guts in a way that endears him to you.

Recommend!

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BROOKE BERKOMPAS
Feb 12, 2011

Look at big shot Earl, just lyin' there.

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