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Tortilla Flat

Released May 21, 1942 1h 45m Drama List
Reviews 43% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Down-and-out Danny Alverez (John Garfield) gets lucky when he discovers he has inherited two vacant houses in a small seaside California town. His two friends, Pilon (Spencer Tracy) and Pablo (Akim Tamiroff), eagerly take advantage of the situation by moving into one of the homes. But when the house burns down, Pilon feels guilty and decides to help Danny get his life together and earn the affection of Dolores (Hedy Lamarr), a local woman with whom Danny is smitten. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews There's something devilish about watching the gringo actors go Mexican and find themselves out in limbo in something as unreal and dumb as this harmless spoof. Rated: C+ Dec 27, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Kevin D Does not even come close to the book. Tortilla Flat is one of my favorite Steinbeck novels. It is a comic novel and had me laughing out loud throughout the book. The movie was blah. The characters were hollow and uninteresting and the movie was boring. If you haven't read the book, don't let this movie keep you from reading it. It's as funny as The Grapes of Wrath is serious. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review IBA A Excellent 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Adorable 🥰 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Russ G Wanted to watch this as I never pass up a chance to see the gorgeous Heddy Lemarr in anything. After ten minutes seeing Tracy play a scheming, thieving, grifting Mexican, I gave up. That asshole would'a been stabbed stone dead in this neighborhood long ago. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Two years after the publication of the novel, Tortilla Flat, the author, John Steinbeck, apologized for his representation of people of color. Too bad, Sam Zimbalist, the producer of this unwatchable mess didn't pay heed to Steinbeck's mea culpa. It's offensive seeing no Mexican actors in any roles. It's said Spencer Tracy drank heavily during the production because he couldn't connect with the character. Only lovers of film history should bother. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review steve d The entire thing was really dumb. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review patricia l I think the cast of Tortilla Flat has been misjudged. These are A-list actors of their day. Actors act. This movie is a departure for the films the audience was used to seeing their favorite actors in. A real actor wants to challenge himself. This film does just that. I found the film fascinating. It's really theater. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Down-and-out Danny Alverez (John Garfield) gets lucky when he discovers he has inherited two vacant houses in a small seaside California town. His two friends, Pilon (Spencer Tracy) and Pablo (Akim Tamiroff), eagerly take advantage of the situation by moving into one of the homes. But when the house burns down, Pilon feels guilty and decides to help Danny get his life together and earn the affection of Dolores (Hedy Lamarr), a local woman with whom Danny is smitten.
Director
Victor Fleming
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 21, 1942, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 12, 2018
Runtime
1h 45m
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