The Breaking Point (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

The Breaking Point (1950)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
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The Breaking Point Blu-ray
Criterion | 1950 | 97 min | Not rated | Aug 08, 2017

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515202114

The Breaking Point (1950)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

Fishing boat captain Harry Morgan charters his boat. Due to strained finances, he is none too careful as to whom he does business with. Real trouble erupts when Harry hires out his boat to transport four men who turn out to be criminals on the lam from a racetrack heist.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Writers: Ranald MacDougall, Ernest Hemingway
Starring: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Wallace Ford, Edmon Ryan, Juano Hernandez

The Breaking Point

Synopsis: Michael Curtiz brings a master skipper's hand to the helm of this thriller, Hollywood's second crack at Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, an honest charter-boat captain who, facing hard times, takes on dangerous cargo to save his boat, support his family, and preserve his dignity. Left in the lurch by a freeloading passenger, Harry starts to entertain the criminal propositions of a sleazy lawyer (Wallace Ford), as well as the playful come-ons of a cheeky blonde (Patricia Neal), making a series of compromises that stretch his morality—and his marriage—farther than he'll admit. Hewing closer to Hemingway's novel than Howard Hawks's Bogart-Bacall vehicle, The Breaking Point charts a course through daylight noir and working-class tragedy, guided by Curtiz's effortless visual fluency and a stoic, career-capping performance from Garfield.

Special Features:
- NEW 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with biographer and film historian Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film)
- New piece featuring actor and acting instructor Julie Garfield speaking about her father, actor John Garfield
- New video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos, analyzing Curtiz's directorial techniques
- Excerpts from a 1962 episode of the Today show showing contents of the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, including items related to To Have and Have Not, the novel on which The Breaking Point is based
- Original Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek

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