To Have and Have Not

TitleTo Have and Have Not
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1944
AuthorsHawks, Howard
Running Time1h 40min
Date Released10/11/1944
DistributorWarner Bros.
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Loosely based on an Ernest Hemingway novel of the same title, initially published in 1937, To Have and Have Not is a classic Hollywood film centered on the romance between a freelancing fisherman in Martinique and a beautiful American drifter, a romance complicated by the growing French resistance in Vichy France. Fishing boat captain Harry (Humphrey Bogart) avoids getting involved in politics, refusing to smuggle French resistance fighters into Martinique. But when a resistance client is shot before he can pay, Harry agrees to help hotel owner Gerard (Marcel Dalio) smuggle two fighters to the island. Harry is further swayed by Slim (Lauren Bacall), a wandering American girl, and when the police take his friend Eddie (Walter Brennan) hostage, he is forced to fight for the Resistance.

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