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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: 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.
From a novel by W.R. Burnett.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1950.
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: Burnett, W. R. - 1899-1982. - (William Riley),
Maxwell, John - 1918-1982.
Dexter, Brad - 1917-2002.
Tree, Dorothy - 1906-1992.
Davis, William - 1906-1981.
Monroe, Marilyn - 1926-1962.
Celli, Teresa - 1924-
Caruso, Anthony
Kelley, Barry - 1908-1991.
Lawrence, Marc - 1910-2005.
McIntire, John - 1907-1991
Jaffe, Sam - 1891-1984
Whitmore, James - 1921-2009
Hagen, Jean - 1924-1977.
Calhern, Louis - 1895-1956.
Hayden, Sterling - 1916-1986
Hornblow, Arthur - 1893-1976
Rosson, Harold - 1895-1988.
Maddow, Ben - 1909-1992.
Huston, John - 1906-1987
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Turner Entertainment Co
Loew's Incorporated
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
ISBN: 9780790789651
0790789655
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Comment by: Library_Dragon Report This Apr 14, 2014

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


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Report This 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.

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

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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Jun 24, 2013
  • Bubba_Louie 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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Report This 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.

Report This 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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Report This 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)

Report This 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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