Breaking Point, The

Criterion   (1950) / Region A
Breaking Point, The

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Breaking Point, The

Michael Curtiz brings a master skippers hand to the helm of this thriller, Hollywoods second crack at Ernest Hemingways 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 moralityand his marriagefurther than hell admit. Hewing closer to Hemingways novel than Howard Hawkss Bogart-Bacall vehicle does, The Breaking Point charts a course through daylight noir and working-class tragedy, guided by Curtizs effortless visual fluency and a stoic, career-capping performance from Garfield.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 03 2017
  • Production Year 1950
  • Empire SKU 1922017
  • UPC Code 715515202114
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


New Interview with Critic Alan KI. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film)
New Piece Featuring Actor and Acting Instructor Julie Garfield on her Father, Actor John Garfield
New Video Essay by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou Analysing Cuntz's Methods
Excerpts from a 1962 Episode of Today Showing Contents of the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, Including items related to To Have and Have Not, the Novel on whihc The Breaking Point is Based
An Essay by Critic Stephanie Zacharek


  • Audio
    English DTS 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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