July 3, 2011

Sunday Matinée: To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers:  Ernest Hemingway (novel), Jules Furtham & William Faulkner (screenplay)
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan
Favorite Quote: "Was you ever bit by a dead bee?"
In 1944, a film was released that caught a spark between one of the quintessential couples of all times. “To Have and Have Not” catches the moment when Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall fall in love.
The movie is set in Fort de France, Martinique under the Vichy regime. It’s here where we find fishing-boat captain Harry Morgan trying to make it by taking out clients for some big water fishing. He is also being pressured into smuggling some people onto the island by the French Resistance. Harry keeps saying no, that is until his client Johnson is shot dead before paying him the eight-hundred and twenty-five dollars.
Along the way, we meet Slim a young woman who flirts with guys and ends up stealing their money. just to get buy and eventually leave the island. Slim and Harry soon hit it off and we see the two characters, and actors fall in love.
Other than that the movie is a lot like Casablanca or any other Bogie movie for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, and would watch his movies all the time, but most of them have the same over all theme.
So if you are like me and love Bogie’s movies, you will enjoy this film. And if you are into learning more and seeing the Bogie and Bacall relationship then you will LOVE this movie. Believe me, you really feel and see them falling for each other, and in my opinion no one can act that much happiness and passion.