High Sierra (1941)
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as Roy Earle
as Marie Garson
as Red Hattery
as Babe Kozak
as Doc Banton
as Jake Kranmer
as Louis Mendoza
as Mrs. Baughman
as Mr. Baughman
as Big Mac
as Lou Preiser
as Auto Court Owner
as Radio Commentator
as Another Blonde
as Fat Man
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for High Sierra
a pivotal crime film that took the basic components of the gangster film and reimagined them through a more romanticized, emotional lens
Roy Earle proves to be one of the most sympathetic criminals in film history, which means his inevitable downfall takes on a tragic dimension not usually found in crime flicks
High Sierra is a solid gangster movie and a breakthrough showcase for Bogart's leading capabilities.
Co-written by John Huston and directed by Raoul Walsh, the combination of gangster and film noir elements holds up well; predictable by genre standards but featuring top-notch talent.
So much time is spent on building up Roy's character and his misguided motivations for financially helping Velma that the film noir elements never quite take hold.
Audience Reviews for High Sierra
Bogart's first great role and great direction from Walsh makes this early noir a gangster masterpiece.
Excellent crime drama/early film noir. This was the first in Bogey's 1-2-3 punch that took him from resident Warners tough guy villian to one of the studio's leading romantic stars. He plays Roy "Mad Dog" Earle perfectly showing him as ruthless when necessary but with a core of decency that hasn't been ruined by years of hard knocks. Matching him every step of the way is the always outstanding Ida Lupino in one of her best portrayals. Her Marie is a classic hard luck case, tough on the outside but vunerable underneath. She and Bogart are an ideal match, a shame then that this was there last film together and the only one where they were paired as equals. The rest of the cast is terrific in support, including Joan Leslie, a variable actress but well used here as a seemingly nice girl who is exposed as a thoughtless, shallow grabber. Walsh's direction is aces as well with wonderful use of shadows and spaces to convey the isolation of the characters. First rate in every way.
A perfect movie of romance and gangsters. It's exciting, dramatic, and romantic. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
High Sierra Quotes
|Doc Banton:||Roy, this is the land of milk and honey for the health racket. Every woman in California thinks she's either too fat or too thin or too something.|
|Roy Earle:||I wouldn't give you two cents for a dame without a temper.|