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The Petrified Forest

Released Feb 8, 1936 1h 23m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 80% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
In this film adaptation of the Robert E. Sherwood play, a drifter, a waitress and a notorious gangster cross paths in the Petrified Forest region of Arizona. Alan (Leslie Howard), a destitute writer, goes into the diner where Gabrielle (Bette Davis) works. Gabrielle dreams of studying art, and she and Alan connect as they talk about Europe and she tells him her ambitions. But gangster Duke Mantee (Humphrey Bogart) shows up and takes the customers hostage. Read More Read Less
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Chris Barsanti Slant Magazine Huch of what's on display here evokes a society on the decline. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 11, 2005 Full Review Jorge Luis Borges Sur Once the allegorical motive is dismissed or relegated to a secondary level... the plot of The Petrified Forest seems admirable to me. In this film, death works like hypnosis or alcohol: it brings the recesses of the soul into the light of day. Dec 15, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Bogart is merely the villain, and his screentime is rather limited, but he immediately provides a striking presence. Rated: 7/10 Jul 30, 2020 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Mayo makes it endearing, dark, almost existential with its radiograph of American stereotypes from the years after the Great Depression. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Jul 16, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Very young people won't find The Petrified Forest much fun, but adults, who like wise and witty talk, with or without gunplay, should find it rewarding. Sep 25, 2019 Full Review Henry Stewart Brooklyn Magazine Darker looks have never been cast on celluloid. Nov 9, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alex S So far ahead of its time, and a brilliant debut for Humphrey Bogart. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/18/24 Full Review Steve D Great cast but slow and really self important. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/10/24 Full Review bobfv1 I loved this movie! It was a psychological tour de force with outstanding dialogue. All the modern issues of the mid-30's were brought to light in the movie including crime, hopelessness, and despair. The eternal human issue of mortality is also deeply explored. Leslie Howard and Bette Davis play kindred spirits and in his first big movie role, Bogart reprises the role of the gangster that he made famous in the stage production of this work. Be prepared fora deep psychological play disguised as a movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/23/23 Full Review merick h One of my all time favorites. Smart, funny and thoughtful... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a film worthy of scholarly review as it's crammed with sub-themes of social class, the need for love, and existentialism. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie. I really enjoyed the setting. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this film adaptation of the Robert E. Sherwood play, a drifter, a waitress and a notorious gangster cross paths in the Petrified Forest region of Arizona. Alan (Leslie Howard), a destitute writer, goes into the diner where Gabrielle (Bette Davis) works. Gabrielle dreams of studying art, and she and Alan connect as they talk about Europe and she tells him her ambitions. But gangster Duke Mantee (Humphrey Bogart) shows up and takes the customers hostage.
Director
Archie Mayo
Screenwriter
Robert E. Sherwood, Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves
Distributor
The Vitaphone Corporation, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Key Video, Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 8, 1936, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 23m
Sound Mix
Mono
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