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Crisis cary grant
- Dawn anderson
Just finished crisis and I loved it. Never seen before or heard of it but I thought it was good.
Agree with most of what the previous poster has written. Yes, with today's hindsight, this movie does require a rather large suspension of logical disbelief. Not an apology, but this was Richard Brooks' first film as a director. And, as said, the U.S. was in the early days of it's latest "Cold War" and "Red Menace" scare, with HUAC rearing it's ugly head. Also, most of the American population was much more naive about it's leaders "falsehoods," and had no idea of what covert actions its government was involved in at the time. (as we can see, little has changed since...)Still, within four years of this films release (1954), a covert operation carried out by the CIA (instigated by the UFC), delivered a coup d'tat that deposed democratically elected Guatemalan President Jacobo rbenz, and installed the military dictatorship of Carlos Castillo Armas. This was the first in a series of U.S. backed dictators who ruled Guatemala. But only one of a long line of "Banana Republics" sponsored by U.S. corporations and covertly supported by the U.S. government going back, and well into the 19th century. (Check-out William Walker's brief Presidency of Nicaragua, after a "trumped-up" election in 1856.)Still, despite what was going on at that time (1950), and as he did again in SOMETHING OF VALUE (1957), Richard Brooks deserves credit for an accurate, cautionary, historic (and prophetic) "read" and effort at the end of this movie, displaying (for perceptive viewers) how corrupt government is too often replaced by another (sometimes worse) corrupt government, under the banner of "freedom from corruption." So for slipping that by, I give him kudos!Side note: Interesting to see silent star Ramon Novarro 25 yrs after Ben-Hur.
- kevin sellers
What a ludicrous film on so many levels. Why in the world would an American surgeon and his wife be vacationing in a country in the midst of violent revolution, and why wouldn't they know about it? Kinda makes them out to be clueless idiots. Second, why would the doctor be kidnapped? Why not simply get him to operate on the dictator by appealing to his ethics as a physician? Third, just where the hell is the American ambassador or the U.S. military contingent that would be protecting him or her, let alone those American oil refineries? Fourth, how is it possible that the head of the American oil cartel is your friendly, neighborhood pro revolutionary as he is portrayed here? Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this film made at around the same time United Fruit was helping to overthrow democracy in Guatemala? You'd think an old lefty like writer/director Richard Brooks would have been a bit more honest in his depiction of the role of big business in Latin America, but then again this film was also made around the rise of HUAC, so cautious liberals like Brooks were in serious CYA mode. In addition to the ridiculous story, you have the surgeon's wife portrayed, chauvinistically, as Mrs. Meek And Submissive (and woodenly acted by Paula Raymond.) I will say that Jose Ferrer brings a believable sadness and tragedy to the role of The Dictator and I also liked Signe Hasso as his imperious, but not wholly unsympathetic, wife. As for Cary Grant, let's just say that moral earnestness is not his favorite mode and he constantly seems to be fighting Brooks' depiction of his character so that he ends up looking and sounding like Roger Thornhill with a scalpel, which is yet another silly aspect of this film. Give it a C.
I started watching this movie 40 years ago and at the time I didn't catch the title. I was hooked after a few minutes. I remember vividly when the operation was thought to be successful and the dictator's henchman jokingly reminded Grant what his fate would have been had it been a failure. Then the dictator died. And then I got a call to pick up one of my friends at the airport! I never had a chance to see the movie again since I didn't know the title. Now, I can.
A Mixed Bag..
- Allen Moss
Crisis could have been a much better film but poor casting choices hamper it from being a complete success. Jose Ferrer is excellent as the dictator but Cary Grant is miscast and Paula Raymond to too wooden in her acting style.The story is extremely intriguing, but the pace is too slow to develop any tension. Some of the scenes with Ferrer and Grant are good but there just isn't chemistry there to carry the movie.
overlooked and underrated
- Pamela Tish
What an overlooked and underrated film! A simple and clear outline of the mechanizations of the political unrest in a "pre-mass-media" Latin American country with heavy petroleum investments from the outside. Great simplicity of dialogue and classic 'one liners' make it easy to follow and understand the ebb and flow of power. Cary Grant in one of his best straight dramas.
One of CG's best
- Jarrod McDonald
Cary Grant and Jose Ferrer have very different acting styles, but it works in the film's favor because the characters are supposed to be polar opposites. But what I really like is that we have a realistic storyline. I could see this happening today with all the uprisings that continue in third-world countries. The conflict that this doctor faces is interesting. He would not normally wish to perform the operation on such a terrible patient, but he is bound by the oath of his profession. Supposedly, the wife character was a daughter in the original screenplay, but the studio changed it to provide a bit of romance during the proceedings. I wonder how CG would've played it if it was his daughter who had been kidnapped during the operation.
a "new" cary grant movie!!!
i had never gotten to see this cary grant movie, so i was very happy! cary grant is so good in this one and even though it is a serious movie, i enjoyed the light moments as well! thanks turner classics!
Strong Cary Grant Drama
TCM has been good enough to show this every year or so, and each time, I'm surprised at the force and power that Cary Grant can deliver in this political drama. Top notch performances all around.