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Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

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Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific / Через океан (1942)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | 01:36:24 | 4.02 Gb
Audio: #1 Russian AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps; #2 English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English, Russian
Genre: War Spy Film, Adventure

A lively espionage drama that reunited the stars and director of the previous year's The Maltese Falcon, Across the Pacific was originally envisioned as the story of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii. Real-life events of December of 1941, however, precluded such a scenario and the location was changed to the Panama Canal. For reasons known only to Warner Bros., the title was retained despite the fact that none of the action takes place in the Pacific. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Leland, a disgraced ex-army man, who, after being turned down by the Canadian military, jumps a Japanese steamer bound for the Panama Canal Zone. Also onboard are Alberta Marlow (Mary Astor), a small-town girl claiming to be en route to Los Angeles; Dr. Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet), a corpulent sociologist with a suspiciously friendly regard for all things Japanese; and Joe Totsuiko (Victor Sen Yung), a happy-go-lucky second generation Japanese-American on his way to visit the old country. But no one is exactly who he or she claims to be and the voyage from Halifax via New York City to Panama becomes a matter of life and death for the passengers in general, and for the future of the United States in particular. Director John Huston was forced to leave the film three weeks into the four-week shooting schedule when summoned to report to the Department of Special Services. According to Huston, he purposefully placed Humphrey Bogart's character in a highly precarious situation and left it up to his replacement, Vincent Sherman, to come up with the solution – which Sherman did in an especially fiery climax.

Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein, Allmovie.com

The winning team from "The Maltese Falcon" is reunited for "Across the Pacific," also directed by John Huston. This crisply written wartime thriller reunites three Falcon leads: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet.

The "Maltese Falcon" John Huston directs this reunion, and once again, the combination of stars and director is a winner. Like The Maltese Falcon, the film has the same irresistible mixture of darkness, double-cross and quirky humor.

Produced by Jerry wald and Jack Sapper, the film is penned by Richard Macaulay, based on Robert Carson's serial, "Aloha Means Goodbye," which appeared in the saturday Evening Post.

Bogart plays counterspy Rick Leland, a man introduced as a former Army man, who's been court-martialed for selling military secrets. He boards a japanese ship bound for the Pacific, where he meets and trades romantic barbs with Alberta (Mary Astor).

Predictably, Rick matches wits with sly Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet), a mysterious sociologist returning to his position in Manila.

Of course, Rick's traitorious begavior is just a cover for his trule mission as an undercover agent; he has been placed on board to establish contact with Japanese agents. As in "Maltese Falcon," Rick is humiliated, beaten, and tortured, but in the ned, he swaps bullets with saboteurs of the Panama Canal.

Critics of later generations saw "Across the Pacific" as a deconstructive film, a bright satire of the spy genre.

Review by Emanuel Levy

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Director: John Huston

Writers: Richard Macaulay (screenplay), Robert Carson (serial)

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and other

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]

Across the Pacific (1942) [Re-Up]


Special Features:

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Cast & Crew (Russian)
Humphrey Bogart collection (Russian)
Other collection (Russian)

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