To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not (1944)

Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Morgan, owner-operator of charter boat in wartime Martinique. Morgan's right-hand man is Eddie (Walter Brennan), a garrulous alky whose pet question to anyone and everyone is "Ever get stung by a dead… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 11, 1944
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Howard Hawks directing and Bogey and Bacall in front of the cameras, To Have and Have Not benefits from several levels of fine-tuned chemistry -- all of which ignite on screen.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.

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Phil Hardy
Time Out

Bogie and Bacall fell in love while making the film, and their scenes reflect this, giving To Have and Have Not a degree of emotional presence that is unusual in the 'bite on the bullet' world of Hawks.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Second only to The Big Sleep as the best of the love birds' quartet of films together (the others were Dark Passage and Key Largo), it's yet another gem from Howard Hawks, still the most underrated of all great American directors.

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James Agee
TIME Magazine

Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle.

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James Berardinelli

The movie is entertaining in its own right, and representative of the era in which it was produced, but, aside from the legendary interaction between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, there are only moderate reasons to recommend the film.

Phil Hall
Cinema Crazed

A victory of style and star power over substance.

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Variety Staff

Bogart is in his usual metier, a tough guy who, no less, has the facility of making a dame go for him, instead of he for her. That's where Bacall comes in.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies.

Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

While there are moments implying breezy, spontaneous improvisation in virtually all Hawks pictures, no other has such an all-pervasive sense of a floating party...

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Bacall exudes a lot of magnetism and sensuality in her debut on the screen, a decent sort-of-rip-off of Casablanca - based on Hemingway and co-written by… More
Aj V
Okay, it's true that this movie is reminiscent of Casablanca because Bogart starts out neutral towards WWII and ends up helping the resistance, but this… More
Kristijonas Fussman
See this Humphrey Bogart classic for two and only two reasons: To witness with your very eyes the incredible sexual chemistry between the legendary actor and… More
Stella Dallas
it's not casablanca or even my fave bogie-bacall film but it is their first and has plenty going for it: the terrific chemistry of the leads, the input of… More
Graham Jones
The first of two classic films Howard Hawks did with Bogart and Bacall contains great dialogue and great performances.
Conner Rainwater
I think everyone is strangely reminded of Casablanca while watching this, but I actually think they're two very different movies. Aside from Humphrey… More