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The Breaking Point

Michael Curtiz

The Breaking Point (Criterion Blu-Ray)

8 Aug 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1950
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #889

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—further than he’ll admit. Hewing closer to Hemingway’s novel than Howard Hawks’s Bogart-Bacall vehicle does, 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.



DirectorMichael Curtiz
Produced byJerry Wald
Screenplay byRanald MacDougall
Based on a novel byErnest Hemingway
Director of photographyTed McCord
Art directorEdward Carrere
Film editorAlan Crosland Jr.
Sound byLeslie G. Hewitt
Dialogue directorNorman Stuart
Set decoratorGeorge James Hopkins
Second unit directorDavid C. Gardner
Wardrobe byLeah Rhodes
Musical directorRay Heindorf
Music byHoward Jackson and Max Steiner

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Alan K. 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 analyzing Curtiz’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 which The Breaking Point is based
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek

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The Breaking Point (Criterion DVD)

8 Aug 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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