High Sierra
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In a manner of speaking, Humphrey Bogart had George Raft to thank for his ascendancy to stardom: after all, if Raft hadn't turned down both High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, Bogart might have continued playing second-billed gangsters to the end of his days. Adapted from W. R. Burnett's novel by Burnett and John Huston, High Sierra opens with gangster Roy Earle (Bogart) being paroled after a lengthy prison term. Though he enjoys the fresh air and sunshine of the outside world, Earle has no intention of giving up his criminal ways. In fact, his parole has been arranged by Big Mac… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A genre crossroads where gangster nostalgia gazes ahead to the antihero alienation of film noir"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Remarkably, Walsh handles this potentially deadly material as if it were the most crackerjack of action pictures."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Bogie and Lupino performances were razor sharp."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Raoul Walsh's well directed crime noir marks a turning point in the career of Bogart, who became a movie star in 1941, same year in which Maltese Falcon was also released."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great Bogie crime film with an iconic ending."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Wonderful with a tough, but poignant Bogart and loving, vulnerable Lupino. Still watchable today; the ending may bring a tear to your eye."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Unusual mix of gangster, big heist movie and romantic drama."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"If you like old black-and-white gangster movies where someone invariably yells "Come and get me, coppers!" you'll enjoy this."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
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