The Petrified Forest Movie Review Summary

Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard, Bette Davis

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   This is the film that really put Bogart on the map. Here he reprises the role he played in Robert Sherwood's play -- Duke Mantee, a hardened criminal. On the lam, Duke hides out in a small greasy spoon in the Arizona desert.
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   The out-of-the-way place is run by the owner's daughter, a dreamer named Gabrielle (Bette Davis), who harbors romanatic notions of traveling to France. Also present is Alan (Leslie Howard), a brooding British intellectual and failed writer, who's been hitchhiking around the area.
   Before Duke barges in, Alan and Gabrielle share their respective views about life, with Gabrielle idealistic about the future and Alan disillusioned. Nevertheless, there is an attraction between the two of them; they even read poetry to one another.
   Their lives change as soon as Duke arrives. As the hostages try to reason with him, secrets are revealed.

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Script Analysis of The Petrified Forest

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Plot & Themes

Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   rescuing from kidnappers Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   waitor/waitress

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   waitor/waitress Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


Desert?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Is this movie based on a    -   play

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