|TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944)|
|"I'm hard to get, Steve. All you have to do is ask me."|
|Time: 100 mins.|
Rating: Not Rated
SYNOPSIS: After a customer who owes him a large sum fails to pay, boat captain Harry Morgan is forced against his better judgement to violate his neutrality and to take a job for the resistance transporting a fugitive on the run from the Nazis to Martinique.
BOTTOM LINE: In this somewhat sequel/remake of CASABLANCA, Bogart again plays an ex-patriot American who gets dragged into choosing sides in the war. Only this time, he's a fishing boat captain with nothing much to lose and everything to gain, including the girl. It's no wonder Bogey fell for Bacall in real life too. This is her first movie role and she knocks it out of the park. As a sultry, smooth grifter, she's so gorgeous you can't take your eyes off her. Bogart plays a different character, but the basics are all the same: closet revolutionary coerces Bogey to do the cause a small favor by rescuing a married couple who are wanted by the Germans; man gets injured, wife refuses to leave his side, authorities are on their trail, etc, etc, etc. What makes this version of the story "unique" are Bogey's relationships with his drunk but smart sidekick played wonderfully by Brennan and his eventual love interest played by Bacall. They bring life, love, humor and spark to a plot that isn't all that interesting. What makes this film watchable over and over again is the crisp direction, great acting and sexy/witty dialogue. Forget the true love of CASABLANCA, what happens here between Bogey and Bacall is pure animal attraction. An adult romance filled with lust, jealousy, danger, friendship and honor. A real cinema treat.