High Sierra

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"The blazing mountain manhunt for Killer Mad-Dog Earle!"
  • Passed
  • 1941
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 7.5  (19,174)

High Sierra is a classic crime drama movie from 1941, directed by Raoul Walsh, and featuring an all-star cast of Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, and Alan Curtis. The film tells the story of Roy Earle (Bogart), an aging gangster who is released from prison and given one last chance to pull off a major heist. Roy agrees to the job and assembles a team of crooks to help him execute the robbery, unaware that his plan is about to be thrown into chaos by unforeseen events.

As the movie begins, we see Roy Earle being released from prison after serving a long term. He is greeted by his old friend, Big Mac (Donald MacBride), and a young girl named Velma (Joan Leslie), who Roy takes a liking to. However, he is aware that he has no place in the world anymore and sees an opportunity in a heist that offers him a chance to leave the country and start over. Roy, a criminal mastermind and seasoned thief, gets together an outlaw gang consisting of two small-time crooks, Babe and Red, to help him accomplish the job.

During the planning phase, Roy also meets Marie (Ida Lupino), a dance hall girl, and begins to form a bond with her. Marie sees in Roy a chance for a better life, and the two become close as the plan goes underway. However, unbeknownst to Roy, there are sinister forces at play which threaten to derail his carefully laid out plan.

As the day of the heist approaches, the tension heats up among Roy's gang members. An unexpected event creates chaos in the plan and leads to a series of unfortunate incidents. Roy's group goes off track, and their escape and pursuit by the police become the highlights of the movie. There are tense moments, especially during the climax, as Roy makes a dramatic break from the law and runs for his life with conflicting thoughts about his fate.

High Sierra is a beautifully crafted movie with a fantastic plot that is full of action, drama, and suspense. It is a classic example of film noir, with a strong central character whose internal conflict is highlighted amidst the high stakes plot. The movie not only portrays the vulnerabilities of the protagonists but also the dynamics of the relationships they have with each other.

Humphrey Bogart's performance as the career criminal Roy Earle is exceptional, showing a depth of emotion that is often not found in his other performances. He portrays Roy as a complex character, who is intelligent, capable, and yet tormented by his past. Ida Lupino's portrayal of Marie is no less remarkable, with her displaying a mix of toughness and vulnerability that fits her character perfectly.

The cinematography of High Sierra is also noteworthy, with some breathtaking shots of the countryside as the gang members move towards their destination. The use of light and shadow adds to the overall mood of the movie, highlighting the darker aspects of the characters and the situation they find themselves in. Additionally, the movie's musical score is well-suited to the mood and tone of the film.

In conclusion, High Sierra is a classic film that has stood the test of time. It is one of the great crime dramas of the 1940s, and the performances of Bogart and Lupino, in particular, make it an unforgettable movie. It is a must-watch for fans of film noir, as well as for those who enjoy a good crime drama. Its themes of redemption and the desire for a better life are still relevant today and are sure to resonate with audiences of all ages.

High Sierra is a 1941 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5.

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    7.5  (19,174)