Asphalt Jungle (1950)
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|A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.|
Editor's NoteDirected by John Huston, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE is considered by many to be the defining film of the crime oeuvre. After many years in prison, Doc (Sam Jaffe), a seemingly over-the-hill and retired (i.e. rehabilitated) criminal decides upon his release to make one last go of it. His attempts at reuniting the old gang come up against the intentions of his partner who intends to start a Kentucky horse farm with his share of the take. Doc's lecherous tendencies for young curvaceous women get him nowhere but delight the viewer with standout performances by Jean Hagen and a lusty Marilyn Monroe. The tremendous character development is aided by Huston and Ben Maddow's script, and Huston's direction. Based on a novel by W.R. Burnett. Remade in 1958 as BADLANDERS, in 1963 as CAIRO and 1972 as COOL BREEZE.
Cast & Crew
|John Huston - Screenwriter|
|Ben Maddow - Screenwriter|
|Harold Rosson - Director of Photography|
|Cedric Gibbons - Production Designer|
|W.R. Burnett - Source Writer|
|Jack D. Moore - Set Designer|
|Edwin B. Willis - Set Designer|
|George Boemler - Editor|
|Miklos Rozsa - Composer|
|Randal Duell - Production Designer|
|Arthur Hornblow Jr. - Producer|
|John Huston - Director|
Customer Reviews of Asphalt Jungle
"The Asphalt Jungle" is regarded by just about everyone as a great film for a wide variety of reasons. Sterling Hayden is the standout as Dix Handley. The supporting cast is equally memorable. Unlike today's gangster movies, "The Asphalt Jungle" doesn't have filthy language or brutal, sickening violence. Don't get me wrong, this is no children's movie, but it's (thankfully) not as graphic as today's pictures.