The Breaking Point

1950 | Drama | 97 minutes | English



Harry Morgan and his mate Wesley Park operate a fishing vessel out of San Diego to people interested in spending a day sportfishing. Desperately short of money, a shady lawyer, F.R. Duncan convinces Harry to transport a bunch of thieves to Mexico after they steal  money from a local race track. Harry’s wife, Lucy, sensing trouble, pleads with Harry not to do it. Harry feels he can pull it off and the payoff is substantial. What Harry soon realizes is  he’s transporting a heavily-armed, ruthless gang.    

John Garfield (Harry Morgan) / Juano Hernandez (Wesley Park / Phyllis Thaxter (Lucy Morgan) / Wallace Ford (F.R. Duncan)
Why Stream This Film?
The Breaking Point is an unknown gem. When John Garfield was listed in the anti-Communist pamphlet Red Channels, Warner Brothers refused to promote the film and it quickly faded away. A shame! 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • The Breaking Point received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
3 1/2 out of 4 stars. A high voltage filming of a Hemingway novel with John Garfield so desperate for money he takes on illegal cargo and thieves. Garfield and mate Juano Hernandez give superb interpretations.
Leonard Maltin

Movie Guide

Warner Brothers finally got hold of an Ernest Hemingway fable and socked it for a four-base hit in the film called THE BREAKING POINT. All of the characters, color, and cynicism of Mr. Hemingway’s lean and hungry tale are wrapped up in this realistic picture and John Garfield is tops in the principal role.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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