Beat the Devil
Beat the Devil (1953)

Humphrey Bogart stars as one of five disreputable adventurers who are trying to get uranium out of East Africa. Bogart's associates include pompous fraud Robert Morley, and Peter Lorre as the German-accented "O'Hara",… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 1953
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A clever if confusing spoof of the genre pictures [John] Huston had made in a more serious manner in previous years

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Perhaps the oddest film Humphrey Bogart ever made.

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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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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.

Jason Bailey

It operates under the assumption that everyone in it is drunk, lusty, a little crooked, and a little crazy, and once you tune in to their wavelength, it's fun to just hang out with them for an hour and a half.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

An all-star home movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% 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