Key Largo

Synopsis: Frank McCloud travels to a run-down hotel on Key Largo to honor the memory of a friend who died bravely in his unit during WW II. His friend's widow, Nora Temple, and wheelchair bound father, James Temple manage the hotel and receive him warmly, but the three of them soon find themselves virtual prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a mob of gangsters led by Johnny Rocco who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane. Mr. Temple strongly reviles Rocco but due to his infirmities can only confront him verbally. Having become disillusioned by the violence of war, Frank is reluctant to act, but Rocco's demeaning treatment of his alcoholic moll, Gaye Dawn, and his complicity in the deaths of some innocent Seminole Indians and a deputy sheriff start to motivate McCloud to overcome his Hamlet-like inaction.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Afternoon, Mrs. Temple.

Mr. Temple.

Any news of the Osceola brothers?

Oh, I'm sorry, Ben.

I want you to meet my son's

commanding officer, Major McCloud.

- How do you do?

- Officer Ben Wade. Sawyer.

We'd like to have a look around.

You won't find those Indians,

because they ain't here.

Maybe they're in the

mangrove swamps. Maybe.

Or maybe if you wanna go wading,

you might find them.

But if I was you,

I'd save myself the trouble.

No doubt they'll give

themselves up before morning.

They sure enough ought to.

That's a fact, Mr. Temple.

The longer they stay at large,

the tougher it'll be on them.

Fool Indians. 30 days to do

and they bust out.

Thirty days in jail for an Indian... like 30 years for somebody else.

Anyway, I'd like to have

a look around.

Clyde, if Mr. Temple says

they ain't here, they ain't.

His word's good enough for me.

Sorry to bother you.

Come on, Clyde.

Those two brothers and my boy, George,

grew up together.

There's no harm in them.

They just went to Palm Grove

and got a little snootful...

...and started to take Florida

back for the Indians.

Came mighty near succeeding too.

I sent word for them to

come in and give themselves up.

Not that I'm supposed to know where

they are, you understand.

Major, I want you to meet Mr...

- Bass.

- Garcia.

We've met.

My son's commanding officer overseas.

They were in the

Italian campaign together.

From Salerno to Cassino.

My boy, George, was killed

in Cassino.

What's going on here?

Nothing, Mr. Temple.

What's the matter with her?

- Nora? Nora!

- Yes, Father.

What ails that girl? She hurt?

Case of one too many, that's all.

Look here! If you people can't

behave yourselves, you gotta leave.

What did you hit her for?

I'll let you in on something.

She's a lush.

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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Oscars in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). more…

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