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371 Ratings

Beat the Devil

Directed by John Huston
United Kingdom, United States, 1953
Comedy, Crime


A quartet of international crooks set out to Africa in search of uranium, only to find their ship waylaid and a charming aristocratic couple angling in on the action.

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Beat the Devil Directed by John Huston
Seen again with a more sophisticated eye, Beat the Devil‘s level of perfection turns out to be sublimely amusing, another singular bolt of Huston lightning; everything from Humphrey Bogart’s frazzled charm to Jennifer Jones’s straight-faced tall tales, to Gina Lollobrigida’s delivery of tea for two, to the relentlessly sharp wit of Capote’s dialogue and Huston’s supremely confident direction.
April 12, 2017
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The Beat the Devil that I and many others knew had been recut in a doomed effort to salvage its initial release and loaded with a somnolent narration by Humphrey Bogart… I would never have called it one of Huston’s most aesthetically pleasing movies… but as it turns out, it is. But while Beat the Devil is orders of magnitude easier on the eyes this time around, my impression of how the movie hangs together has changed less.
February 24, 2017
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Capote wrote witty dialogue for all of the film’s characters—although he sometimes overdoes it with the literary allusions and quotations, a characteristic of many novelists and playwrights writing screenplays for the first time—but he outdoes himself writing for Billy, which makes me wonder if he saw something of himself in Bogart’s cynical raconteur personality.
February 16, 2017
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