Beat the Devil

Directed By: John Huston Starring: Humphrey Bogart

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Product Overview

A quartet of international crooks meet up with an innocent couple and head to africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually they are going to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium.

Specifications

Studio Kultur
SKU 40210132
UPC 096009025434
UPC 14 00096009025434
Format DVD
Release Date 11/18/2003
Keywords
1950s
Action
Adventure
Africa
All-Star
Crime
Italy
Recommended
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
Thieves
Editors Note
Note John Huston and Truman Capote co-wrote the screenplay while working on location. A whimsical parody of The Maltese Falcon and other 1940's detective movies in which Bogart so often starred (and Huston directed).Tells of the exploits of a group of travelers on a steamboat who each hopes to carry off a huge swindle in the uranium fields of Northern Africa. While not a commercial success upon its release, the film has come to define the genre of spy movie spoofs.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Harry, we must beware of these men. They're desperate characters. Not one of them looked at my legs." -- Gwendolen Chelm (Jennifer Jones)
Quote "Trouble with England, it's all pomp and no circumstance. You're very wise to get out of it, escape while you can." -- Billy Dannreuther (Humphrey Bogart)
Quote "Time! Time! What is time? The Swiss manufacture it. The French hoard it. Italians want it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook." -- O'Hara (Peter Lorre)
Quote "Only the phonies liked it. It's a mess!" -- Humphrey Bogart on the film
Quote "The formula of 'Beat the Devil' is that everyone is slightly absurd." -- John Huston on the film
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times "...The movie has above all effortless charm....We can relax and share the amusement of the actors, who are essentially being asked to share their playfulness..." 11/26/2000 p.3
Sight and Sound "Capote's dialogue is often witty...and the actors seem to be enjoying themselves." 11/01/2004
Directors
John Huston
Actors
Humphrey Bogart
Cast & Crew
Marco Tulli - Star
Gina Lollobrigida - Star
Bernard Lee - Star
Edward Underdown - Star
Humphrey Bogart - Star
Peter Lorre - Star
Jennifer Jones - Star
Ivor Barnard - Star
Robert Morley - Star
James Helvick - Source Writer
John Huston - Screenwriter
Oswald Morris - Cinematographer
Wilfred Shingleton - Production Designer
Lambert Williamson - Music Director
Ralph Kemplen - Editor
Truman Capote - Screenwriter
Franco Mannino - Composer
John Huston - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 02543
UPC 00096009025434
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Bogart,Humphrey
Label Platinum Disc Corporation
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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