Key Largo
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In this film, Humphrey Bogart plays Frank McCloud, an embittered war veteran who travels to Key Largo to meet Nora Temple, the wife of his deceased war buddy. Arriving at a tumbledown hotel managed by Nora's father-in-law, McCloud discovers that the establishment has been taken over by gangster Johnny Rocco.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A little windy and rhetorical for my taste, but still one of John Huston's best efforts."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The script prepared by Mr. Huston and Richard Brooks was too full of words and highly cross-purposed implications to give the action full chance."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Claire Trevor won a Supporting Oscar for playing the alcoholic mistress of Edward G. Robinson's gangster in John Huston's taut crimer starring Bogart."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Edward G. Robinson deserves special praise."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Exciting crime thriller set in the Florida Keys during a late summer hurricane."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Emphasis is on tension in the telling, and effective use of melodramatic mood has been used to point up the suspense."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"First seen soaking in a tub while chomping on a cigar, Robinson arises from the water to put a stranglehold on the film."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Perfeclty tense atmosphere and performances, with the sparks flying between Bogart and Bacall."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Great cast headed by Bogart in Huston classic."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Taut Huston thriller with an unbeatable cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Although the characters are basically stereotypes, they are lent the gift of life by a superlative cast."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Trapped in a country estate by an impending storm, a mobster attempts to lay low before escaping from the police, but takes a risky gambit holding Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall hostage."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Huston's wayward talent seldom lacked energy."
‑ , Film4
"Like the similarly sweaty, claustrophobic 12 Angry Men, Key Largo is a rare adaptation of a stage play in which the physical constraints of the stagebound source material are a strength rather than a weakness."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"One of Bogart's half-dozen best, a tense and atmospheric classic."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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