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Torrid Zone

Released May 18, 1940 1h 28m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 60% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Trouble is brewing at a Central American banana plantation. Led by revolutionary Rosario La Mata (George Tobias), the workers are becoming restless. In the past, plantation foreman Nick Butler (James Cagney) had been able to quiet their unrest, but he's quitting for a job in America. While the plantation owner (Pat O'Brien) does his best to keep Nick working for him, Nick catches the eye of a trouble-making nightclub singer named Lee (Ann Sheridan) who is on the run from the law. Read More Read Less
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Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Yeah, it's a melange of much, but, boy, is it ever a lot of slickly made fun. Rated: 4/5 Mar 28, 2013 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B Mar 6, 2013 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's a good example of a lively Warner Brothers film, where the ensemble studio cast have a great chemistry together. Rated: B Oct 17, 2009 Full Review John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis Harmless fun, the movie is more notable for its attractive stars and snappy dialogue than for anything that actually happens in the plot. Rated: 6/10 Apr 28, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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ashley h Torrid Zone is a decent film. It is about trouble that is brewing at a Central American banana plantation. James Cagney and Ann Sheridan give good performances. The screenplay is a little in places. William Keighley did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the action and humor. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A great adventure film made by Warner Bros! Although there isn't much of a constructed plot in this film, I still found it to be very entertaining due to the excellent cast! James Cagney appropriately portrays the tough farm employee eager to rid the grounds of the revolutionists. If you're looking for a fun classic movie to watch, I'd recommend this. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member I thoroughly enjoyed this Caribbean-set comedy starring best friends James Cagney and Pat O'Brien with Ann Sheridan. Andy Devine is simply hilarious in a supporting role as one of O'Brien's helpers/hindrances. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Something of a mashup of "Only Angels Have Wings" and "The Front Page," with this comedy, action and romance about nightclub star Ann Sheridan helping Central American plantation owner Pat O'Brien keep James Cagney from leaving. You also get the great Andy Devine in a supporting role and also George Reeves in a small role. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Overall great fun, if a bit patchy. Reminded me of Red Dust. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Here's a film that's worth watching over and over just for the laughs. James Cagney is a great as always and Ann Sheridan is his equal in this crazy/zany little tale...Njoy!!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Trouble is brewing at a Central American banana plantation. Led by revolutionary Rosario La Mata (George Tobias), the workers are becoming restless. In the past, plantation foreman Nick Butler (James Cagney) had been able to quiet their unrest, but he's quitting for a job in America. While the plantation owner (Pat O'Brien) does his best to keep Nick working for him, Nick catches the eye of a trouble-making nightclub singer named Lee (Ann Sheridan) who is on the run from the law.
Director
William Keighley
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 18, 1940, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 1, 2014
Runtime
1h 28m
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