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  1. José Neves's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    35mm, rewatched. Fun fun fun, the lunatics have taken over the asylum, with Capote on command. The best? Maybe Peter Lorre's "O'Hara"/"Horror" or Bogart's last laugh with/in the end or the playful Arabs' chief with an erotic fixation on Rita Hayworth, all directed with Huston's expertise: when Lorre spies Jones and Bogart, at a villa, an upward crane movement reveals them at distinct levels of the house. It's also...

  2. Log Lady's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Huston tore up the first draft of the script the weekend before the start of principal photography (Capote was hired to write a new one on set), Peter Sellers dubbed some of Bogart's lines (B was in a car accident and had trouble speaking), Lollobrigida learned her lines phonetically, and the cast and crew were either drunk or half-drunk. Surprisingly, all this translates into a fairly entertaining spoof.

  3. Marco Bevilacqua's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    An ordinary spy/comedy movie as many hundreds produced by American film industry. The positive thing is that many of the characters are very brilliant and made this movie at least a good comedy. The screenplay and the narrative structure are perfect in terms of technique, but I can't see an original expression or a creative meaning, It doesn't bring anything new to cinema.

  4. Ethan's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    This is a fun little film from Bogart and Huston who always made a great team. The plot is kind of silly but who really cares when you've got such great talent on the screen not giving any fucks?

  5. Laura Suffield's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    It's so proposterously bad I enjoyed it!

  6. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    You may not understand why I love Peter Lorre, but that's because you're a fucking sheep. You like the pretty movie stars don't you? You go with the flow. Did you know Peter Lorre was called "the greatest living actor" by Charlie Chaplin? Of course you didn't because you think Tom Cruise is a great actor.

  7. fane2808's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    One of the worst movies I saw, from both Huston & Bogart :(. I do not understand why both of them decided to be involved in it, unless they were both bankrupt & in dire need of money. According to IMDB, it's a wry comedy. It only gave me a headacke trying to follow the story, while some performances were plain bad (Jennifer Jones especially), At least, Bogart seemed 2 have fun playing a pastiche of his usual bad guy.

  8. Dominic Rainsford's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Fun. Preposterous over-acting all round, in a good cause. Surreptitiously quite sharp on aspects of post-WWII class, gender, nationality, etc.

  9. Ferit Karaduman's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    oradan oraya nedensizce savrulan hikaye... olmamış...

  10. El Biffo's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Bogart, Lollobrigida, Lorre, screenplay by Capote and directed by Huston, how could so much great talent manage to make such a dud?

  11. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    ★★★★ witty stabs in the back.

  12. Nancarrow's rating of the film Beat the Devil

  13. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    A parody of noirs by one of its pioneers this campy plotless film has low-key comedy and dialogue that sounds like the actors were happily playing along.

  14. mjgildea's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Too comic to be adventure and to adventurous to be comedy. Beat the Devil is just a trainwreck that could've been a great con or heist picture, but instead opted to become a mess with some decent scenery. Further proof that the 50s weren't Bogart's decade...

  15. albertofarina's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Surprising that this in not available on Mubi - it seems to be watchable with a few more public domain classics, here: (I will catch it tonight on 35mm at the Torino Film Festival, nyah nyah)

  16. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    I read somewhere that the characters in "Beat The Devil" and "The Rules Of The Game" could very comfortably meet and mingle. I guess the odd and international mix of people plus the outwardly light but inwardly complicated and deceptive nature of everyone in the two films would bring them all together. In any event, it partially hints to me why I find this film so fascinating and so much fun.

  17. Pierre's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Truman Capote is alleged (by Capote) to have beaten Bogart in a bar fight during the making of the film. Don't know how true it is, but the image of these two in a brawl is pretty funny.

  18. petit astronaute's rating of the film Beat the Devil

  19. David Huxley's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Go into this film with no expectations and you'll have a great ride. All the characters are stereotypes, with each actor's over-the-top performance based on roles they'd already played in previous films. I can't imagine how theater audiences in the fifties reacted to this movie. Or is it only 50 years later that we realize just how "postmodern" this film really is? Did Huston and his gang of writers know as well?

  20. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Beat the Devil

    Only modestly entertaining comic adventure. Great character work from an all-star cast, but the story (with a script by Huston and Truman Capote) just never takes off, making for a very long 90 minutes too light on both laughs and suspense. Has its moments, but mostly a disappointment.