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To Have and Have Not

1944
Romance
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
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Avg Percentile 66.86% from 1141 total ratings

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Rated 26 Feb 2016
85
94th
I've seen a tragically limited number of Bogart movies, but all of them were unquestionably HIS movies. He's second fiddle to none. So here comes his oft accomplice Lauren Bacall and I'll be damned if she isn't cool as beans. Let me look this up. This is their first film together, okay, so that's why she doesn't even look a little impressed. Wait. This is her first movie! First ever! How is she so effing cool? Wow. He better marry her.
Rated 05 Mar 2010
80
67th
While it's Casablanca-lite, it's still good in pretty much every way, though it doesn't get to the point of being mind blowing, even though I could watch Bogart do just about anything. Including fucking my sister. Did I say that out loud?
Rated 08 Apr 2013
92
97th
It deserves attention for being an amazing duel between two Bogarts -- or two Bacalls --, in which Hawks shoots the main scenes -- the first one with Bacall asking for a match, their first kiss followed by Bogart's whistle -- with an amazing sense of time and space. Here, the hero is the same as in Casablanca -- the fisherman doesn't have political intention or dares to care; he does it for the money --, but in a superior film. Also, Brennan is the loveliest drunk guy of all time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
95th
Betty Who? Lauren Bacall in her first movie role in what quite possibly could be the greatest filmic introduction to a female star. Reminiscent of Casablanca's structure, To Have and Have Not however had more than enough credibility for it to carve out it's own niche. And it did.
Rated 06 Jul 2023
5
73rd
the first line of hehejaja's review has a certain truth and profundity to it.
Rated 25 Oct 2008
90
96th
Wow, what a great movie with L.Bacall and H.Bogart. The song Bacall sings was super : "How little we know".
Rated 21 Dec 2009
96
96th
Bogart and Bacall of course, but more. Walter Brennan gives one of his most eccentric performances, and the Furthman screenplay is tightly-plotted and full of wisecracks. I particularly love an early sequence where an incompetent fisherman (and weak man) charters Bogart's boat, and we are privileged to observe Bogart's subdued but growing contempt for his unprofessional and incompetent employer. A superb example of Howard Hawks' skill in showing men at work.
Rated 04 Sep 2017
87
82nd
Utterly gripping as Bogart and Bacall become classy and well matchy-matchy. One of the quintessential pictures these two get together..
Rated 31 Mar 2018
85
86th
The seductively cool companion piece to Casablanca's dreamy warmth. Bacall is absolutely simmering in her screen debut and the chemistry between her and Bogart is phenomenal and completely believable. Features much better characters and romance than it's sibling film, but suffers from a weaker plot and less distinctive atmosphere.
Rated 20 Oct 2009
60
85th
The legend is that Hawks wagered William Faulkner that he could make a good film out of Hemingway's worst novel (or some such wager), and this was the chosen project. Hawks lets himself be guided in his task by the tested formula of _Casablanca_. There's Bogart; there's some dutiful wartime patriotism; and there's a boxed-in, stage-bound look to the re-creation of exotic Mozambique. However, there's also some fresh and spontaneous mischief, melodrama, and prurient interest.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
75
94th
This is about as close to perfection as a film can get, sans substance. I'll have to watch Casablanca again, but the underdog value here may just win through.
Rated 10 Dec 2008
6
55th
This movie is all right, nothing special, but it's easy enough to sit through. The story is a bit ludicrous and this isn't one of Hemingway's better books but there are still some classic Bacall/Bogie moments. But it is more or less a poor man's Casablanca.
Rated 05 Dec 2022
80
75th
Listening to Walter Brennan unearthed a new understanding that I have seen a bunch of impressions of him without ever knowing who he was. This feels like Casablanca 2, which is not a criticism considering Casablanca 1 is one of my favourite films of all-time.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
83
83rd
fantastic story with some really good acting and memorable lines, i suppose it helps that hemingway wrote this story. bogey and bacall are awesome but i chalk it up to brennan for making this a really good movie.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
80
43rd
Very similar to Casablanca in style and tone (Humphrey Bogart plays practically the same character), but, whereas Casablanca is memorable, there's not much about this film that's really striking or worth remembering, except perhaps Lauren Bacall's really deep voice.
Rated 08 Dec 2006
77
60th
In a nutshell: first Bogie & Bacall. Lots of chemistry. Didn't like Eddie. Casablanca ripoff. Predictable but fun. Great dialogue.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
70
55th
Good variation on _Casablanca_. Was you ever bit by a dead bee?
Rated 23 Mar 2008
96
91st
You simply cannot find better on-screen chemistry than Bogart and Bacall had here. Truly memorable.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
85
84th
Lauren Bacall enforce a mighty boner. The same does Hawks with his brilliant direction. There are certain scenes here filled with exeptional intensity; Bogart and Bacall in magical interaction bring forth an interesting nerve and creates a low-voiced erotic aura one should just inhale and enjoy. As always in a film by Hawks, the characters are filled with personal, complex antithesis not find in that many classics of the era; Hawks preserve the neverending dualism in man's heart on celluloid.
Rated 05 Jun 2016
85
28th
Bogart and Bacall are awesome but the script and scenes have a lot of cliches. Overall a win, but it isn't their best. Try Key Largo insteaad.
Rated 20 Dec 2022
100
99th
I'm speechless...
Rated 13 Nov 2013
70
54th
This felt kind of like a sequel to Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart is making a living in a war-torn exotic location, doesn't want to get caught up in any political disputes, but falls for a femme fatale and takes a risk to help a man and woman reach their comrades through some dangerous thoroughfare. And just to put a cherry on top, one of the side characters is a piano player in a hotel.
Rated 21 Apr 2014
66
72nd
The comparisons to "Casablanca" are absolutely unavoidable. And, while it is by no means that film's equal, it is a solid "Casablanca-lite." The plot feels a bit contrived and the musical interludes are... not good. But the chemistry between Bogart and Bacall is absolutely undeniable right from the get-go. A nice little picture dwelling in a huge shadow.
Rated 28 May 2014
85
74th
Back when men were men and movies had inexplicable song interludes.
Rated 14 Jul 2014
75
54th
It's at its best when Bogart and Bacall are playing off one another, which is mercifully pretty often. It's a fun, simple story with a bit of an abrupt shrug of an ending. The moments separate from the main plot like Johnson and the marlin fishing, life at the hotel/bar, and the musical numbers are more inviting and interesting. And at times it almost feels like that where the story wants to focus, but alas it's not to be. The main thread is a little rushed and unsatisfying as a result.
Rated 30 Mar 2015
62
59th
It's a fun hodge podge of a movie. Bacall totally steals the show.
Rated 22 Apr 2015
85
65th
Hollywood must have had trouble coming up with slicker dialogues after this. Bacall is the one who rocks this boat, hard to conceive that it was her fist real part. Cause you just put your lips together, and blow.
Rated 07 Jul 2015
2
11th
a crappy version of CASABLANCA. which reminds me, i need to see that movie again.
Rated 03 Nov 2015
2
21st
Standard and run-of-the-mill adventure, featuring Nazi antagonists in an exotic locale, a completely immaterial Bacall (the character makes no difference, and literally nothing would change were she written out), and a confounding and painless anticlimax. Of course it's full of wisecracks, and Hawks directs with a measure of taste, but overall it's a fruitless and inadequate picture.
Rated 23 Jan 2016
99
57th
HEM WOULD BE PROUD!
Rated 25 Feb 2016
16
89th
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 06 Mar 2022
73
58th
Wannabe Casablanca but not pacey and the ending is somewhat funny and unbelievable. However, dialogues are well-written, Lauren Bacall is introduced to the world with her charismatic appearance, attitude, and voice for the first time, Bogart is brilliant as usual, and of course, since it's the first movie of Bacall, naturally it is also the first collaboration of Bogart and Bacall, probably the greatest and definitely the most charismatic pairing in the Golden Age and beyond.
Rated 09 May 2016
5
81st
Loved Walter Brennan in this.
Rated 05 Jul 2017
75
67th
A movie that would more than likely be left in forgotten mediocrity today if the chemistry of the two main actors weren't some of the best of all time. The story itself is average at best. It barely has an ending and feels more like a '...' but you aren't there for the story. You are there to watch Bogart and Bacall play off each other and there is plenty of that.
Rated 19 Jul 2017
81
18th
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Rated 24 Jul 2017
84
72nd
Casablanca's lesser achieved brother. The musical interludes range from entertaining to horrible (Lauren Bacall cannot sing for her life). But, there is enough pathos for the movie to be worth your while.
Rated 26 Nov 2023
7
73rd
It’s all about the leads and the love story, which has become legend. The plot of the film is secondary to the look and dialogue, but still an enjoyable classic.
Rated 27 Aug 2021
92
96th
Absolute perfection. Hawks is a bright and risen god.
Rated 18 Feb 2018
75
68th
It's funny how Bogart forgot how to whistle since he did Casablanca
Rated 23 Aug 2023
64
48th
Sticks to the novel for the first... three minutes or so? Then becomes two different movies: One about Bogart and Bacall having insane chemistry, Bacall absolutely eating the camera and even getting away with being a nightclub singer who obviously can't sing. ...And one anemic remake of Casablanca with a plot that goes nowhere and leaves us thinking "...Oh, B&B are leaving these people to the consequences of pissing off the local fascists for the next five years." But hey, just whistle.
Rated 24 Feb 2019
88
58th
88.00
Rated 03 Apr 2024
40
38th
I probably won't think about this film, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, probably not someday, not for the rest of my life.
Rated 20 Mar 2019
80
99th
Instant impact! Instant love! The plot was good and rather ordinary. But there was nothing ordinary about the chemistry Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall had together. That's something special which can't be explained. It just feels perfect and whatever they do turns amazing. That sums up their debut pairing for To Have and Have Not (1944).
Rated 03 Jul 2021
53
32nd
Read the book instead.
Rated 23 Jul 2019
73
60th
"Get out, Slim. I'll be there in 5."
Rated 10 Apr 2020
60
62nd
Filmed well but I can't get past the thought that this was a weaker Casablanca. The final resolution felt hollow since they went away from smuggling people to outright achieving their goals at gunpoint. Piano player kind of looks like Don Draper. Fav scene: "What did you do that for?" "I've been wondering if I'd like it." "What's the decision?" "I don't know yet."
Rated 24 Dec 2008
60
18th
This film is over-rated. Often put above The Big Sleep, this film has little going for it, other than the first pairing (and the falling in love) of Bogart and Bacall. Outside of that, it's a poor copy of Casablanca.
Rated 16 May 2010
76
68th
Well worth seeing. And not only for the interaction of Bacall and Bogart.
Rated 10 Feb 2010
80
63rd
Classic Bogart. Quintessential film noir.
Rated 20 Jan 2010
90
92nd
Such a sexy film. A total classic.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
87
74th
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Rated 22 Oct 2009
65
35th
This is the movie that taught me to despise Hoagy Carmichael, an unexpected result of watching this strangely uninvolving Hawks directed, Bogie-Bacall vehicle. Gimme "The Big Sleep" over this any day. Probably the most interesting thing about it is that this is Faulkner-does-Hemingway.
Rated 30 Jun 2009
86
78th
Probably the most scintillating chemistry ever recorded. Good lord.
Rated 12 Mar 2009
83
82nd
Hawks's version of _Casablanca_. Bogie and Bacall's legendary love scenes make the movie, but there are also solid performances, taut action, and a couple of songs.
Rated 29 Dec 2008
82
75th
M: 85/100 S 79/100 Mike: Sort of medicore story, with a lot of similarities to Casablanca, absolutely saved and made awesome by Lauren Bacall (and whoever wrote her lines) in her film debut. Sophia: Bogie and Lauren sizzle together, and the famous line "you know how to whistle, don't you" was well played.
Rated 30 May 2010
70
75th
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (in her feature film debut) must outsmart nazi spies. The pair Bogart/Bacall has onscreen chemestry, but the plot lacks tension.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
85
70th
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Rated 19 Nov 2008
81
66th
A pretty good, if slight, war drama. It feels like a "Casablanca" retread but it has a shambling charm of its own and it strays enough from the formula for it to work on its own terms. Bogart is good as ever and all the political intrigue and suspense works well enough. The real star here is Bacall, who burns a hole in the screen with one of the most magnetic and sexy performances I think I've ever seen. She and Bogart really have amazing chemistry.
Rated 11 Aug 2008
8
89th
Eh, I'd just as well watch Casablanca.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
84
74th
# 319
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
94th
Suffers from the comparison of being Casablanca's less impressive sibling - which is still considerably brilliant in its own right, but it is the lesser of the two films in every respect. Watch it for the fizzing chemistry between the two leads, inspired by their off-screen romance, and ignore the silly plot.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
87
82nd
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Rated 22 Mar 2013
80
68th
Great fun. Bacall is amazing.
Rated 04 Aug 2010
83
70th
The comparsion to Casablanca is inevitable, and it doesn't quite hold up. But still a solid movie with great chemistry between Bogart and Bacall
Rated 15 Sep 2010
81
78th
Bogart and Bacall work great together. There was something about the set I really liked. Even though it looks a little stagy, it has nice small details and an exciting atmosphere that helps the overall impression that the film provides.
Rated 08 Mar 2011
97
83rd
I want to adopt Walter Brennan Bogie and baby did!
Rated 02 Jun 2011
90
83rd
Decent, but its basically, "Casablanca," all over again. Walter Brennan is a fantastic drunk.
Rated 12 Aug 2011
80
81st
A classic.
Rated 17 Aug 2011
95
93rd
The first onscreen pairing of Hollywood's greatest couple is electrifying. Lauren Bacall should probably never sing again though.
Rated 08 Sep 2011
60
46th
It's pretty alright, I guess, but I'm convinced its reputation as a quality film is due in no small part to the off-screen romance between the leads and the fact that it's reminiscent of Casablanca.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
87
74th
#258
Rated 16 Feb 2012
86
70th
Need to rewatch.
Rated 13 Mar 2012
80
81st
watched: 2012, 2021
Rated 13 May 2012
91
70th
nice try!
Rated 02 Sep 2012
99
94th
Published in 1937, To Have and Have Not is the closest Ernest Hemingway ever came to a political level. The film is a screwball classic posing as a war movie, with a little bit of musical. Effortless, serene, grown-up and childish at the same time. You kept the title? said Hemingway, perplexed. Sure, said Hawks - I had this girl and then I didn't have her. War is hell, Papa should murmur. But nothing's perfect. Is there a more "Hollywood" movie?
Rated 03 Sep 2012
60
18th
Martinik, Alman İsgali, tekne, kaptan, aga yakalanan büyük balik, hirsiz kadin, cüzdan çalan kadin, otel müsterisi, piyanist, isyanci fransizlar, isyancilara yardim eden kaptan, (Casablanca'ya benxiyor. Fakat duragan ve hikaye sarmiyor)
Rated 02 Nov 2012
81
63rd
Quite slow and static but filled with amazing performances and charming dialogues.
Rated 14 Feb 2013
80
83rd
Humphrey Bogart is awesome. But who told Lauren Becall and Hoagy Carmichael they could sing? Becall was amazing at 20. Political intrigue in the Caribbean during WWII. Bogey is captain of a fishing boat and an able and capable man. His mate, the drunkard Walter Brennan was an unexpected surprise. They are caught between waring sides and try to stay out of it. Becall "I'm hard to get Steve, all you have to do is ask me". Parts of it is a romantic love story.

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