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Thieves' Highway (1949)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1949 Wide

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Thieves' Highway is set in San Francisco and the surrounding countryside. Richard Conte plays Nick Garcos, an American GI who returns from WWII to find that his father Yanko (Morris Carnovsky), a produce trucker, has lost the use of both legs because of a fight with crooked truck driver Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Nick is a clean-cut guy who was set on marrying his sweetheart Polly Faber (Barbara Lawrence). Instead, Nick gets embroiled in his father's feud with Mike, buying a truck and falling

Unrated,

Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

A.I. Bezzerides

Feb 1, 2005

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A savage attack on American comfort.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Jules Dassin's amazing Thieves' Highway (1949), which delves into the cutthroat world of fruit vendors, is a little-known classic.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Takes a sour bite out of the next apple you'll eat as it tells about the corruption of the California produce business.

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

functions equally well as revenge drama, moral fable, and no-holds-barred condemnation of dog-eat-dog capitalism

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Dassin's film emerges as a rather searing, wide-reaching indictment of the necessary evils of doing business in the United States

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Dassin swathes Thieves' Highway's long-haul boys in claustrophobic compositions and menacing darkness.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Thieves' Highway

Excellent pink noir, save the tacky tacked- on ending.

"Aren't women wonderful?"
September 7, 2008
brooklynspo

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A thrilling revenge film noir about truckers. I loved it.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

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Good old fashioned drama that gets better as it goes along. Well directed and acted but similar to the superior They Drive by Night.
January 12, 2010
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jay nixon

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this is a good b-picture about truckers, directed by jules dassin and written by a.i. bezzerides, who also wrote they drive by night and kiss me deadly. i'm not a big fan of richard conte but he does alright here, valentina cortese is great as the hard bitten femme who makes him a mark and lee j. cobb has a blast as the heavy. interference from producer darryl zanuck may have weakened this picture but it's still worth a watch for noir fans. dassin's last film before the blacklist and his self-imposed exile from hollywood
September 6, 2008
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