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To Have and Have Not (1944)

Thriller | 100 minutes
3,52 272 votes

Genre: Thriller / War

Duration: 100 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan

IMDb score: 7,8 (37.887)

Releasedate: 20 January 1945

To Have and Have Not plot


On the island of Martinique, American captain Harry 'Steve' Morgan, along with his loyal and alcohol-addicted friend Eddie, rent out his sea-fishing boat to tourists. Steve has a tempestuous love affair with young Marie "Slim" Browning, who works as a singer at his favorite bar. But things haven't gone so well for Steve since World War II broke out. When a customer doesn't pay, Steve gets into trouble with the local police and has to give up his neutrality when he takes on a dangerous job for the French Resistance in order to earn income.

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Full Cast & Crew

Actors and actresses

Harry Morgan

Marie Browning

Mme. Hellene de Bursac

Paul de Bursac

Gerard 'Frenchy'

Fishing Customer Johnson

Capt. M. Renard

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avatar van Kiekerjan


  • 119 messages
  • 106 votes

A minor war drama/romantic comedy with a story that doesn't begin until the film ends. The story is set in Martinique, an island in the Caribbean under the rule of Vichy France. The central 'hub' is a Hotel-Café, where the rebels hatch their plans. Naturally, an inevitable 'lady' is thrown into the story who enters into a rather muddled romance with ex-pat Bogart. It is not an uninteresting history, but I generally felt little involved. Many characters feel caricatured or insufficiently developed. There is (too) much inappropriate comic relief in it; not only drunk Eddie, but also the corrupt police chief is more likely to laugh. Bogart himself is a little less rigid than usual, but his nonchalant attitude also dispels any form of tension and empathy. I never got the impression that anything was really at stake. The attention seems to be more focused on the shaky romance between the two protagonists. However, I didn't think their bizarre back-and-forths showed extraordinary chemistry. The dialogues now and then tend to the ridiculous and seem more at home in a screwball comedy. Hawks may not have been the ideal person for this job. Although the sets are atmospheric and somewhere there must be a good story, I thought it came across a bit too farcical to count on any interest.

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avatar van IH88


  • 8777 messages
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“By the way, what are your sympathies?”

“Minding my own business.”

Superb classic with Bogart and Lauren Bacall in her debut role. The chemistry between Bacall and Bogart is immediately apparent, and it doesn't surprise me that a love affair has developed on set. The story of To Have and Have Not is also interesting, and the combination of suspense, humor, romance and adventure is perfect.

Director Howard Hawks has made a film in which we see the danger and consequences of the Second World War, but where there is also enough room for humor, light scenes and razor-sharp dialogues. The last scene with Bacall is exemplary for the entire movie. Nice music, Bogart, Walter Brennan as the constantly drunk Eddie and the beautiful Bacall… Enough to enjoy.

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