To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not

DVD - 2003
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In 1940, an American charter boat captain in Martinique gets involved with a young female drifter and some French freedom fighters who are trying to elude local Nazi collaborators.


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Jan 14, 2017

“To Have and Have Not,” inspired by the Hemingway novel of the same title, is the first film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. He of 44 years and she about 21 years hit it off and the director was smart enough to add saucy dialog between the two wherever he could to spice up the romantic flames. Their next film “The Big Sleep” had nearly finished filming when word got through that the spicy dialog was loved by the audiences. The producers of “The Big Sleep” added new footage in which they quickly added numerous scenes of spicy dialog and then they made a second version of “The Big Sleep” destroying the old version. Years later a copy of the original less saucy version was found and it played around in theatres, but it is not generally available as the real “The Big Sleep.” Note that "To Have and Have Not" utilizes an integrated cast. Perhaps this was allowed because it was supposed to be taking place in Martinique, as this film was made when Hollywood made only segregated films.

Feb 13, 2016

Having never seen this particular vintage picture (from 1945) before today, I had certainly heard plenty about it from those who hold it up highly in a special, nostalgic fondness that they have for films which come from this so-called "Golden Era" in Hollywood movie-making history.

Since this picture is now 70+ years old, I am really trying to be as fair as I can be with my rating and comments of it. But, the honest truth is, To Have And To Have Not was barely passable entertainment regardless of it starring Humphrey Bogart and its strategic position in film-making history.

What also seriously influenced my lower score of this certain film was the glorification of the "Eddie" character who nothing but a useless, bungling drunk. I know that Eddie was being presented in the story as comic relief, but, from a modern perspective on the ways of a chronic alcoholic, I found Eddie's clueless, drunken shtick to be utterly repulsive in the worst possible way.

All-in-all- This film did not come anywhere near to living up to the lofty position that it holds for itself in the realm of classic, Hollywood movie-making.

Dec 15, 2015

You know, it sure seemed to me that with every woman Bogart's character encountered in this film, he cynically reduced them all to being (and I quote) "just another screwy dame".

Not only that - But, I'd also say this film banked way-way too heavily on the wisecracking, sexual chemistry that was supposed to transpire between the likes of Bogart's and Bacall's characters. Yet, I found, time and again, that their contrived meetings and demented dialogue ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") fizzled out into total absurdity about 90% of the time.

Clearly a product of its time (1945) - This decidedly flimsy-scripted picture may have delighted movie-goers of yesteryear to pieces - But, now, 60 years later, it repeatedly fell short of its apparent potential.

And, speaking about actress, Lauren Bacall - Not only was she completely unconvincing in her part (just wait till you catch the scene where her character breaks out into tears) - But her repeated use of a sly smirk got real tiresome, real fast. (Hey! I won't even get into the ridiculously over-sized shoulder pads on her outfits which put those of a pro-football player's to shame)

Sep 05, 2015

About the only thing going for Howard Hawks’ generic wartime romance, a gutted adaptation of Hemingway’s novel, is the fact that it first introduced Humphrey Bogart to Lauren Bacall. Whatever screen chemistry there exists between the two stars is strictly by the book however with Bogart’s studied nonchalance brushing up against Bacall’s wooden sultriness—their snappy exchanges, including the now famous “You know how to whistle, don’t you…?”, appearing forced and clichéd as they light one suggestive cigarette after another. An unsung Walter Brennan gives the best performance as the alcoholic sidekick following Bogart around like a puppy with the DT’s while Dan Seymour’s smarmy French inspector Renard is so godawful he could have served as a template for Seller’s Clouseau. The soundstage views of Martinique and rear-projected high seas mayhem are nicely done however.

Oct 21, 2014

This is a lovely movie; Bogart and Bacall are great together. Don't expect it to follow the Hemingway book, though - the part with Bogart and Bacall (most of the movie) is not in the book at all. I'm a big fan of Hemingway's books, but this is not one of his better ones; the movie is way better than the book in this case!

Sep 15, 2014

Bogart and Bacall are magic. Enjoyed the movie all the way through. Good pacing, great script.

Jun 28, 2014

To Have and Have Not is just an outstanding film. First, we have the story written by Ernest Hemmingway. Secondly, the screen lights up for Lauren Bacall. She is so beautiful and alluring with her soft sexy voice. Humphrey Bogart doesn't stand a chance of not falling in love with her. The story line of Bogart helping French freedom fighters trying to evade the Nazi's is thrilling in of it's self. To Have and Have Not is so respected, most movie critics list it as a all time Classic Movie. If you haven't seen it, your are really missing one of our finest films ever made!

brendancarlson May 24, 2014

A moderately entertaining story line is bolstered by Lauren Bacall, in one of the sexiest on-screen performances ever produced.

aaa5756 Feb 02, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Jan 28, 2014

Kind of a dud. This hasn't held up well. Bogart & Bacall are both vastly better in the overlooked "Dark Passage" than in this iconic bore. It ain't Casablanca. Ain't Hemingway neither. Read the book.

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Sep 22, 2012

(Slim kisses Steve) Steve: "What'd you do that for?" Slim: "I've been wondering if I'd like it." Steve: "What's the decision?" Slim: "I don't know yet." (They kiss again) Slim: "It's even better when you help."

Sep 22, 2012

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Feb 12, 2011

I'm real hard to get, Steve. All you have to do is ask me.

Feb 12, 2011

Anybody got a match?


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