Beat the Devil
Beat the Devil (1953)

An exquisitely dry comedy with a witty script by Truman Capote, this film finds subtle, absurdist laughs in the misadventures of Humphrey Bogart's tough customer, who becomes involved in a complex scheme to gain control of a patch of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If Beat the Devil puzzled audiences on its first release, it has charmed them since.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

An all-star home movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

he film ranges from the diffident to the grotesque, with Huston selecting his lenses to make the performers look as freakish as possible.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Perhaps the oddest film Humphrey Bogart ever made.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It looks like it's going to be a riot, but turns out almost laugh free.

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Christopher Null

You have to wonder what Capote and John Huston were thinking in trying to make a satire that didn't have any actual jokes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Beat the Devil is too comedy to be an adventure movie and too much of an adventure movie to be a comedy. You'd think getting John Huston & Humphrey… More
Kevin M. Williams
with more fast shuffling than any fred and ginger effort, and much like "the usual suspects" wherein all are guilty until...well, forget about… More
xGary Xx
An oddball collection of individuals from varying backgrounds and parts of the globe board a ship bound for Africa to seek their fortunes. Obviously an homage… More
Bruce Bruce
How Could a Bogart Film Get any less then 4 stars, So many good actors in this one, 2 of the 50'ies most beautful women, film in Italy (Where I hope to… More
Aj V
A great cast in a great movie about a bunch of thieves. I highly recommend this movie.
Doctor Strangeblog
One of those on-the-fence movies that doesn't make any egregious mistakes, yet doesn't offer enough for a recommendation either. Bogart is only OK in… More