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High Sierra

Released Jan 24, 1941 1h 40m Crime Drama List
92% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 78% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Aging mobster Big Mac (Donald MacBride) is looking to pull off one more heist before he retires. With his sights set on robbing a California casino, Big Mac breaks one of his former associates, Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart), out of prison to mastermind the job. When the robbery goes awry, Earle is forced to go on the lam and settles for the night in the hills of the nearby Sierra Nevadas. But, with the cops on his tail, Earle is soon forced to fend off the law from the mountains. Read More Read Less
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George Orwell Time and Tide For anyone who wants the ne plus ultra of sadism, bully-worship, gun-play, socks on the jaw and gangster atmosphere generally, this film is the goods. Oct 2, 2023 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film A smash for director Raoul Walsh... Feb 28, 2023 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk a pivotal crime film that took the basic components of the gangster film and reimagined them through a more romanticized, emotional lens Rated: 3/4 Feb 2, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy 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 Rated: 4/4 Nov 13, 2021 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies High Sierra is a solid gangster movie and a breakthrough showcase for Bogart's leading capabilities. Oct 11, 2021 Full Review Robin Holabird Robin Holabird 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. Aug 10, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Josh D Classic Bogart gangster movie. Maybe his best one of the genre. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/28/24 Full Review Steve D Too hard to care what happens to anyone. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/18/24 Full Review X O Why is this film so coveted? I don't get it. Where's the magic? Why is it in the Criterion connection? How Roy pills a gun on the petrol station attendant. I'd laugh like mad of he did they to me. He wouldn't shoot. Watching the car chases with these super old cars that can't handle, and the geat shifting like it's cool It's so funny. It's 1941! These terrible vehicles. How much has changed on 80 years. Then he's in the mountains with his hat. It's so funny. Why don't tbe police go into the mountains? Why doesn't Roy just keep going over the mountains? Why stay there? Keep running! Oh, man. Is it all because of shouting for Marie? That's why it's celebrated? You're joking. What it means to crash out means he's free? That's why? But that's not true. It means he lost. What a joke. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 10/08/23 Full Review Matthew B It may not be named as one of Humphrey Bogart's best movies, but High Sierra is certainly one of the most significant films in Bogart's career. This was the film that finally removed Bogart from playing secondary characters and made him a star in his own right. For Bogart, this was not an easy journey. As with many roles that Bogart played at this time, the chance to star as Roy Earle in High Sierra had already been turned down by George Raft, who did not like the ending. James Cagney and Edward G Robinson were also considered. The director Raoul Walsh was reluctant to cast Bogart, because he saw Bogart as a supporting actor, rather than as someone who could hold a lead role. Once there however Bogart proved fortunate. Raoul Walsh was a good director to work under. He had a flair for fast-paced, exciting movies. It was cynically suggested that his films were made quickly because he was in a hurry to finish them. There may have been some truth in this. During the climactic scene in High Sierra, Bogart's stunt double was dissatisfied with his work, and asked for another take. "Forget it," replied Walsh; "It's good enough for the 75-cent customers." Still Walsh took enough care of his films to make his best work memorable. Who can forget the climax of White Heat, the best of all Cagney gangster movies? n retrospect, it is hard to see why it took Humphrey Bogart so long to be recognised as having star value. He was a gentleman, and yet he was also a man with a seething undercurrent of anger beneath the surface. Co-stars reported him to be bad-tempered and complaining. These inner emotional wounds allowed him to play darker characters that were still somehow sympathetic. Bogart was also highly articulate. Somehow it is hard not to imagine that Humphrey Bogart was laconic in his roles. However anyone watching Bogart's movies will find that he is anything but that. He appeared in many movies with literate scripts that required him to act, and he rose to the challenge of delivering complex and interesting dialogue. His emotional range was limited, but within that range he stood out from his co-stars. This is reflected in his character in High Sierra, Roy Earle. Roy Earle is a man who has the germ of a good person in him, but he chooses instead to live a bad life. This proves to be an unfortunate mixture, and he is brought down by his saving graces as much as by his criminal tendencies. There is no room for softness in his line of work. Nonetheless such qualities serve to make Earle a more sympathetic figure than perhaps he should be. I wrote a longer appreciation of High Sierra on my blog page if you would like to read more: https://themoviescreenscene.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/high-sierra-1941/ Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Josh G Really cool and stylish heist film, one of Bogart finest films, beautifully photographed and full of snappy dialogue. Excited well paced and a classic Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/03/23 Full Review CodyZamboni Movie is compelling all the way, with Bogart, in his first starring role, as a criminal anti hero, with a moral code, heading for inevitable tragedy. Director Walsh makes sure the movie pushes all right emotional buttons, and he smartly streamlines all the pulpy action. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Aging mobster Big Mac (Donald MacBride) is looking to pull off one more heist before he retires. With his sights set on robbing a California casino, Big Mac breaks one of his former associates, Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart), out of prison to mastermind the job. When the robbery goes awry, Earle is forced to go on the lam and settles for the night in the hills of the nearby Sierra Nevadas. But, with the cops on his tail, Earle is soon forced to fend off the law from the mountains.
Director
Raoul Walsh
Screenwriter
W. R. Burnett, John Huston
Distributor
Warner Home Vídeo, Warner Bros., MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Warner Bros. Pictures, Key Video
Production Co
Warner Brothers
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 24, 1941, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 21, 2016
Runtime
1h 40m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
35mm, Flat (1.37:1)
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