Main Content

The Breaking Point [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1950]

Release Date:08/08/2017

Item Added.View List

Add to List

    No lists found. Create one today.
    Add Item
    Cardmember Offers
    Frequently bought together


    Special Features

    • 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
    • New Piece featuring actor and acting instructor Julie Garfield on her father, actor John Garfield
    • New interview with critic Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film)
    • New video essay by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou analyzing Curtiz's methods
    • Trailer


    The Breaking Point
    This second screen version of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not is closer in spirit to the original than the first version, though it still is far from faithful to its source. John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, who has metamorphosed from Hemingway's gun-runner to an ex-PT boat captain, now running a charter boat service in Southern California. Deeply in debt, Morgan agrees to smuggle aliens and later tries to sneak a bunch of gangsters out of the country. By the time he's been given a wake-up call by his conscience, Morgan has caused the death of a close friend. Patricia Neal and Phyllis Thaxter make the most of their limited footage as, respectively Harry Morgan's casual mistress and faithful spouse. Many critics feel that The Breaking Point represents Michael Curtiz' finest directing job--no small praise for a man who helmed such classics as Casablanca and Yankee Doodle Dandy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Garfield
      John Garfield - Harry Morgan
    • Phyllis Thaxter
      Phyllis Thaxter - Lucy Morgan
    • Patricia Neal
      Patricia Neal - Leona Charles
    • Juano Hernandez
      Juano Hernandez - Wesley Park
    • Wallace Ford
      Wallace Ford - Duncan

    Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.