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Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast
Actors: Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan, Frank Craven
Directors: Howard Hawks, William Wyler
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Drama
NR     2005     1hr 31min

Oscar® nominee* Miriam Hopkins and Oscar® winner** Edward G. Robinson star inthis glittering masterpiece about gold, greed and 14-karat love. Set against the 1849 Gold Rush, this Academy Award®-nominated*** film is a suspe...  more »


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Actors: Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan, Frank Craven
Directors: Howard Hawks, William Wyler
Creators: Ray June, Samuel Goldwyn, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Edward Chodorov, Stephen Longstreet
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Love & Romance, Classics
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/08/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1935
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1935
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Joel McCrea; need I say more?
Delilah | 02/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All I have to say is this is one of THE most perfect films ever made! I mean, come on, how can you beat a movie that has all of the best main ingredients, ie.
~ Joel McCrea is all of his perfect glory!
~ Joel McCrea fawning over Percy Bysshe Shelley's writing in all of his perfect glory
~ A lovely period film with wonderful acting and actors!
~ Did I mention Joel McCrea? Oh, specially the line where he tells Miriam to read the book of Shelley and pretend he wrote it! Ooooooh, doesn't get any better than that!"
scotsladdie | 01/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Miriam Hopkins plays beautiful Mary Rutledge who arrives in San Francisco in the 185O's to marry Dan Morgan - only to discover that he died mysteriously after losing his fortune to Louis Chamalis (Eddie Robinson), the powerful owner of the Bella Donna saloon. Mary works for Chamalis as a roulette operator: he falls for her, but she does not reciprocate his feelings. Then a handsome, well-bred Easterner named Jim Carmichael appears in the Bella Donna: Mary finds her man...Robinson's performance is not one of his best, but Hopkins is first rate and McCrea does an admirable job. William Wellman was originally assigned to direct this film which was originally supposed to team Gary Cooper with Gloria Swanson (!). This marked the first film in which Howard Hawks directed for Sam Goldwyn. In his second American film, David Niven is seen as as a Cockney sailor. The script was written by the esteemed team of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. In his first appearance in a Goldwyn film, Walter Brennan is seen as Old Atrocity (!)."
Barbary prose
Mark L. Mckenzie | San Francisco, CA USA | 03/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This film is a real find not for the main actors but for the bit players. Its really entertaining and captures the 1849 city by the bay in all its glitter and mud. It's nicely paced and except for some shots that seem a tad redundent the fog hides the mystery of the love affair. Walter Brennan is super and plays the old sawdust with a moral conflict. I enjoyed the whole story and for 1935 it seemed was ahead of its time. Worth a rental or for the price above to be a keeper :)"
"I like that guy. I like his fancy words."
CodeMaster Talon | Orlando, FL United States | 05/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I sometimes think San Francisco of the 1800's must have been the liveliest town in human history. Gold! Dames! Gambling! And periodically, huge fires! Howard Hawks directs an intense, lesser known tale of the wild Gold Rush era in "Barbary Coast", a riveting movie well worth seeking out for film buffs.

Sporting a good performance from Joel McCrea, a great one from Edward G Robinson and a magnificent one from Miriam Hopkins, this film follows the initially depressing adventures of the cynical Mary, who arrives in San Francisco just in time to miss her fiancée's killing. She sets up shop with Robinson (in full gangster mode) only to fall for the sweet, gentle-yet-manly McCrea. Lies, redemption, and just desserts follow.

Worth seeing for Hopkins' final scenes with Robinson (wrenchingly begging for McCrea's life) and the lovely, foggy cinematography, the only drawback is that "Barbary Coast" is not what you would call a fun movie. Buy it if you're a big fan of the leads or enjoy heartbreak. Just don't skip it altogether.

Bonus Points: Walter Brennan, and the horse he rode in on.