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(aka "Gunrunners" or "To Have and Have Not")


directed by Don Siegel
USA 1958


The owner of a cabin cruiser in Florida innocently rents it to a ruthless gun merchant who sells arms to a revolutionary group in Cuba.


The third and (as of 2005) the last film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story To Have and Have Not, The Gun Runners was as topical as this morning's news when it came out in 1958. Audie Murphy plays Sam Martin, a charter-boat skipper based in Key West, whose bad luck has enlarged from the gambling tables to his business. He's managed to stay honest up to this point, with a little help from his boozy friend and first-mate, Harvey (Everett Sloane), and a lot from his loyal, loving wife, Lucy (Patricia Owens), both of whom represent the best things in Sam's life. But then he finds himself about to lose his boat, and the only opportunity he has to save it lies with a larcenous American arms seller named Hannagan (Eddie Albert), who isn't above murder to get what he wants. Sam falls in with him, first for a quick trip in and out of Cuba and then up to his neck, and he is suddenly faced with destroying the most decent part of himself and the only people who care about him.


Theatrical Release: September 1958 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:22:39

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 6.59 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Italian theatrical trailer (2:09)

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2011
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Here is another re-telling of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not from United Artists and not Warner Brothers as previous films - 1944 and as Breaking Point in 1950 (). The film is released by MGM's Limited Edition Collection made-on-demand service. The progressive transfer is open-matte with noticeable extra headroom. Some scenes have some marks and specs, but overall the image is very good.

The mono soundtrack is fine and there is an Italian trailer included as an extra. Breaking Point is still the best adaptation of this Hemingway novel and To Have and Have Not is much more famous, but The Gun Runners is recommended for comparison if you can find it for the right price.

  - Gregory Meshman


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