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Conflict

Released May 13, 1945 1h 26m Mystery & Thriller List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 76% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Engineer Richard Mason (Humphrey Bogart) is unhappily married to his hectoring wife, Kathryn (Rose Hobart), and makes no secret that he loves her younger sister, Evelyn (Alexis Smith). Driving home from their anniversary party, Mason crashes the car when the reflection of Evelyn in the rearview mirror distracts him. To convalesce, he plans a trip to the mountains and sends Kathryn ahead. Kathryn dies on the way, but Mason begins to see signs that she is alive. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Wolcott Gibbs New Yorker [A] specimen of how childishly a scenarist can write and still get his two thousand dollars a week, and how badly an excellent actor can look when asked to do nothing for approximately ninety minutes but maintain an expression of sullen imbecility. Oct 15, 2021 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle It's routine product but from prime-era Warner Bros. and prime-era Bogart. Rated: 3/4 Jun 21, 2012 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Here the burst of intrigue is more or less sustained by a sinister performance from Bogart, but overall his Hitchcockian qualities aren't enough to elevate film noir material that becomes dull and predictable. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5/10 Apr 22, 2023 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B+ Feb 21, 2013 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A routine melodrama. Rated: B- Oct 25, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Holds your interest but the end is underwhelming. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/31/23 Full Review Russ G Not at all bad for a Bogie movie not named "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon," or "Key Largo" of which there were many. Reportedly Bogart didn't want to make this film but did want to make "Passage to Marseilles" which was made later but released earlier. Good supporting role by Sydney Greenstreet. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/02/22 Full Review joe m An above average noir film, "Conflict" has engineer Dick Mason (Bogart) murdering his wife Kathryn (Hobart) since he's fallen in love with her younger sister Evelyn (Smith). Yet, matters do not go as smoothly as planned. Sydney Greenstreet plays the couples friend and neighbor who also happens to be an eminent psychologist. The plot is very well developed with 'gaslight' elements and with quite a few questions raised as to who might be doing such to Bogart. Really enjoyable and worth seeing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Bogart left film lovers with such an amazing inventory of great performances. This one is an intense psychological portrait of a man who falls desperately in love with his sister-in-law. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Conflict feels similar to some other films that I’ve watched in the noir genre, in particular it reminded me of Diabolique, even though this one was released 10 years earlier. The movie features Humphrey Bogart and he continues to remind me why he is considered a legend. He is able to be funny, loving, scared, angry, and more all in one performance. Sometimes he even layers in a few of these emotions in one scene, which works great when you have a character who is trying to hide something. Just as impressive in this film was Sydney Greenstreet. He has an important role to play in this story, and it was handled with perfection. There are aspects to his performance that are so subtle that you won’t even notice them the first time through. I can’t wait to watch it all again to see what he’s doing with certain scenes that have new meaning after knowing what happened. Alexis Smith was fine as the leading lady, but she didn’t leave a strong impression on me. One of the things I liked most about Conflict is that the whole thing is structured like a mystery. But it’s not a traditional murder mystery, because we know who committed the crime. Instead it is a puzzle to figure out what is happening to the killer, and if he actually was a killer at all. I think they did a lot with the setup to keep it all ambiguous so you are left guessing throughout the film. My only problem with Conflict was that I figured out a key clue from the beginning, because it was pretty obvious for someone who watches a lot of murder mystery shows/films. As a result, I was just waiting to see how the rest of the pieces would fall into place. There was still enough intrigue to keep me in the dark, though. I didn’t know how it all would resolve, and more importantly the movie made me question if I was wrong in the first place. I think Conflict is a strong film noir that deserves a bit more attention, it might not be the greatest, but it’s one more people should see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/09/19 Full Review Audience Member Watchable lesser known Bogart noir. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/01/18 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Engineer Richard Mason (Humphrey Bogart) is unhappily married to his hectoring wife, Kathryn (Rose Hobart), and makes no secret that he loves her younger sister, Evelyn (Alexis Smith). Driving home from their anniversary party, Mason crashes the car when the reflection of Evelyn in the rearview mirror distracts him. To convalesce, he plans a trip to the mountains and sends Kathryn ahead. Kathryn dies on the way, but Mason begins to see signs that she is alive.
Director
Curtis Bernhardt
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 13, 1945, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 27, 2016
Runtime
1h 26m
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