The Asphalt Jungle
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.
Detective and mystery films.
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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.
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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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)
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)