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The Asphalt Jungle

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Asphalt Jungle
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An aging criminal is released from prison and decides to assemble the old gang to go on one last perfect heist.
Title: The asphalt jungle
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. : Warner Home Video, [2004]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1950.
From a novel by W.R. Burnett.
Special features: Introduction by John Huston derived from an archival interview; Commentary by author/film-noir specialist Drew Casper with co-star James Whitmore; Theatrical trailer.
Summary: An aging criminal is released from prison and decides to assemble the old gang to go on one last perfect heist.
Audience: Not rated.
Additional Contributors: Huston, John - 1906-1987
Maddow, Ben - 1909-1992.
Rosson, Harold - 1895-1988.
Hornblow, Arthur - 1893-1976
Hayden, Sterling - 1916-1986
Calhern, Louis - 1895-1956.
Hagen, Jean - 1924-1977.
Whitmore, James - 1921-2009
Jaffe, Sam - 1891-1984
McIntire, John - 1907-1991
Lawrence, Marc - 1910-2005.
Kelley, Barry - 1908-1991.
Caruso, Anthony
Celli, Teresa - 1924-
Monroe, Marilyn - 1926-1962.
Davis, William - 1906-1981.
Tree, Dorothy - 1906-1992.
Dexter, Brad - 1917-2002.
Maxwell, John - 1918-1982.
Burnett, W. R. - 1899-1982. - (William Riley),
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Loew's Incorporated
Turner Entertainment Co
Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0790789655
9780790789651
Statement of Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; a John Huston production ; produced by Loew's Incorporated ; screen play by Ben Maddow and John Huston ; director of photography, Harold Rosson ; produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr. ; directed by John Huston
Credits: Art director, Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell ; film editor, George Boemler ; music by Miklos Rozsa ; set decorations, Edwin B. Willis.
Performers: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Teresa Celli, Marilyn Monroe, William Davis, Dorothy Tree, Brad Dexter, John Maxwell.
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; standard version, presented in a format preserving the aspect ration of its original theatrical exhibition; Dolby Digital mono.
Other Language: In English or dubbed French dialogue with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Jewelry theft Drama. Ex-convicts Drama.
Genre/Form: Film noir.
Detective and mystery films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Jewelry theft
Ex-convicts
Publisher No: 65903
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Comment by: Library_Dragon Apr 14, 2014

This film is considered to be one of the best noir films ever made, and it shows. One of my favorites.

1950: Though this film is technically a "caper" film rather than a gangster film, it's still one of the best pieces of film noir ever made. Like "Little Caesar," it's also based on a W.R. Burnett novel.

An aging criminal is released from prison and decides to assemble the gang to go on one last heist.

List - Film Noir by: EPLReadersServices Jul 08, 2011

2004. (DVD 791.4372 Asphalt)
An aging criminal is released from prison and decides to assemble the old gang for one last heist. Based on the book by W.R. Burnett. Director: John Huston. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, Marilyn Monroe, James Whitmore.


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Apr 14, 2014
  • Library_Dragon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This film is considered to be one of the best noir films ever made, and it shows. One of my favorites.

Apr 14, 2014
  • mapmusic17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

gets better with each viewing. Great acting, direction, photography and production.

Sep 10, 2013
  • jswolfmcguire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very worth watching for a glimpse into post-war American crime drama, especially for that young knock-out blonde---I mean Sterling Hayden before he drank away his looks----and of course, the lovely Norma Jean. The whole cast is outstanding.

Aug 07, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

One of the noir classics, it hasn't aged all that well. Life is awful, people are awful, and after a while it is hard to care. This movie and idea was fresh in its day, but we are flooded with this kind of thing now. This one is no worse, but it's hard to see any redeeming quality in any of them.

Jun 24, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The perfect crime (?) and the perfect double-cross (?) - (Well, almost)._____ Like a finely-tuned clock keeping precision time, this gritty, rough-edged, Crime/Drama from 1950 works wonderfully well on all counts._____ Its cast, its characters, its direction, as well as its script and its camera-work are all first-rate from start to finish._____ The Asphalt Jungle was one of those very rare crime films of its era to break away from convention and present its bleak and hopeless story from the side of the criminals who were a motley crew of losers trying to better themselves through this one last caper of a half a million dollar jewel heist._____ Filmed in b&w, The Asphalt Jungle was directed by John Huston whose other notable films include - The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo and The Misfits._____ P.S. - Yes. A 23 year-old Marilyn Monroe has a memorable bit-part in this picture as the gorgeous alibi, Angela Phinlay.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A pitch-black double-crossing noir from John Huston, adapted from W.R. Burnett's ("Little Caesar", "Scarface", "High Sierra", etc.) novel; so dark you've gotta squint. Pretty racy for 1950, too. Brilliant characters. 'Dix', (Sterling Hayden), the big galoot who ends up without "enough blood left in him to keep a chicken alive"; the homeless dame, 'Doll' (Jean Hagen); 'Gus', (James Whitmore), the hunchbacked greasy spoon owner; 'Cobby', the slimy, sweaty, dive owner/bookie; a dirty cop on the take (who'd-a-thunk?); a sleazy, overextended, bankrupt lawyer (incomprehensible!); 'Doc', the little German, perverted, ex-con mastermind; and Holy Mary, Mother of God, the bombshell... a 23 year old Marilyn Monroe... rrrRRROWWWRRR!!! Dynamite flick. This one's a keeper. FIVE STARS.

Apr 28, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Noir straight up, no chaser. The crooks are just doing their job, like anyone else. Bluegrass boy Dix Handley (!) is the most successful: he gets to choose his own death.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gus (feeding a cat on the counter of his diner): "Smart cat. Never does a lick of work, stays out all night, sleeps all day." Truck driver: "What's a big, dirty cat doin' in an eatin' joint? I run over one every time I get a chance. People feedin' cats and some kids haven't got enough to eat." Gus: "You gonna buy that magazine?" Truck driver: "Why should I? I seen all the dames in it already. Wanna make somethin' of it?" Gus: "You're a little off your beat, ain'tcha buster?" Truck driver: "How d'ya mean, Humpty Dumpty?" Gus: "I mean you don't belong around here... are ya just passin' through..." (grabs him and throws him out) "Only not fast enough! ...If I ever see you runnin' over a cat I'll kick your teeth out." Truck driver: "I'd take you apart if you were about a foot taller 'n straightened up a little..." (Gus jumps, the trucker screws)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cobby: "Hello Dix. Whatta you want?" Dix: "I wanna make a bet." Cobby: "Well?" Dix: "Your man says you got to okay it." Cobby: "Whattya in for?" Dix: "Twenty three hundred and some." Cobby: "Okay, your tab's good for twenty five hundred. But that's the limit -- either pick a winner or... pay me when you get that far." Dix: "DON'T BONE ME!" Cobby: "Now, look, I'm not bonin'-" Dix: "Did I ever welch?" Cobby: "Nobody said you did-" Dix: "You just boned me!" Cobby: "Look, Dix, I-" Dix: "I'm not askin' you any favors, I'll go get you your twenty three hundred -- right now." (walks out)

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