Academy Awards 1948 -
Best Supporting Actress: Claire Trevor
Total Film - 03/01/2000
"...A dark, claustrophobic thriller....John Huston directs with care, getting his pressure cooker up and bubbling, then letting it build towards the inevitable conclusion..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
A notorious gangster (Edward G. Robinson) holds the residents of a hotel hostage during a tropical storm. This captivating cinematic adaptation of the play by Maxwell Anderson won an Academy Award for Claire Trevor's supporting role.
Description by Warner Home Video:
A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), her invalid father-in-law (Lionel Barrymore) and ex-GI Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart).
McCloud's the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco. But the postwar world's realities may have taken all the fight out of him. John Huston co-wrote and compellingly directs this film of Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play with a searing Academy Award-winning* performance by Claire Trevor as Rocco's gold-hearted, boozy moll. In Huston's hands, it becomes a powerful, sweltering classic.
Army veteran Frank McCloud visits the family of an Army buddy who was killed in the war, only to find that their Key West hotel has been taken over by a bunch of exiled gangsters who are orchestrating their own comeback.
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