The Breaking Point

Synopsis: Fishing boat captain Harry Morgan charters his boat. Due to strained finances, he is none too careful as to whom he does business with. Real trouble erupts when Harry hires out his boat to transport four men who turn out to be criminals on the lam from a racetrack heist.
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

You know how it is...early in the morning...

on the water...

Everything's quiet....except for the seagulls...

...a long way off...

And you feel great.

Then you come ashore...

and it starts...

In no time at all...

you're up to your ears in trouble.

And you don't know where it began.

I need some gas...200 gallons...

I can't carry ya Harry...

I git strict orders...

We carried ya long enough,

the boss says.

Look, I got a 3-weeks charter

to fish in Mexico...

Some rich joe...

Didn't the joe give you a deposit?


Forget it.

There you are.

When he gets through...take the boat

back to the landing, eh?

See you later.

Did you get the gas?


I put all the groceries aboard last night.

Most of it's stored under the bunks,

up for 'ard.

I hope you put in plenty of coffee...

and tomatoes.

You know how I like tomatoes.

No tomatoes...

they're bad for you.

I had to give the store all the money

you gave me from the deposit...

They wouldn't wait.

That's great...

that makes it perfect!

Everybody in town is squeezing me

for money.

They act like I'm gonna

cheat 'em out of it.

It's been a bad season...

nobody's got much.

Better eat your breakfast.

Morning, Dad!

You know you're getting old enough

not to wander round like that?

If I told you once, Connie,

I've told you 1000 times...

You're not to go round like that.

I don't see what difference it makes.

Don't talk fresh to your mother.

What's the matter

with the bathroom, all of a sudden?

Amy's in there...

She's always in there.

Well get her out...

It's nearly time for school.


Kids got no respect these days..

You try to teach 'em somethin'...

What's the matter, honey?

I had to pay for the gas.

Took all the money I had left

from the deposit.

Doesn't leave much for you,

while I'm gone.

Don't worry about it...

We'll get along somehow.

I know..I know...

You always do...

I feel like a nut head,

asking you all the time.

- Hi Pa!...

- Hi Pumpkin!

Gimme a smoodgie! have whiskers!

- I do not! You have whiskers.

- Yes, you do!

Eat your breakfast.

I'm gonna get my gear.

- What's the matter?

- You heard...Eat your breakfast!

We'll be alright...

I said don't worry about it.

I get teed off sometimes...

No sooner I get my head above water...

Then somebody pushes me down again.

Is it and the kids...

Are we a drag on you, honey?

Is that it?

You know better than that!

Ever since I took that uniform off,

I'm not exactly great.

I thought by this time,

I'd have the world on fire.

Bands yelling...big hero!

We had egg in our beer then.

Nobody ever got rich taking people out

to catch a fish.

Wait a minute...Don't start

giving me that propaganda...

...about your old man's lettuce ranch!

Do me a favour...don't tell me

how happy I'd be on a tractor!

When you came back, you had

big ideas about this fishing business.

You were gonna have

a whole fleet of boats.

It hasn't worked out, has it?

Let it go, darling...

Try something else.

What else do I know...

What else am I good at?

I'm a boat jockey!

And that's all I know.

Alright...anything you say.

You're some woman!

I lay awake hours last night...

Just thinking about you.

I can think about you any time

and get excited.

Hold me!

Just hold me!

Hey! We'll be late for school!

Sorry...fix my dress!

You're always so sloppy...

One of these days remind me

to show you kids how to knot!

You go on along...

we'll be right out.

Honey...if you're running short...

these are worth 100 apiece.

We'll get by.


It's Wesley!

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Ranald MacDougall

Ranald MacDougall (March 10, 1915 – December 12, 1973) was an American screenwriter who scripted such films as Mildred Pierce (1945), The Unsuspected (1947), June Bride (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954), and shared screenwriting credit for 1963's Cleopatra. He also directed a number of films, including 1957's Man on Fire with Bing Crosby and 1959's The World, the Flesh and the Devil, both of which featured actress Inger Stevens. more…

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