Thieves' Highway (1949)




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Based on a novel by A. I Bezzerides (who also worked on the screenplay) this convoluted crime melodrama chronicles the vengeance of a recently returned war veteran who discovers that racketeers have crippled his father, a produce trucker. In order to get back at the gangsters, the vet buys a truck and gets involved with the racket so he can get close to the crime boss. He does this by contracting to deliver a load of apples to the crime lord. Once there, a shady lady, hired by the produce … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: A.I. Bezzerides
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On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
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as Mrs. Faber

as Newman

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as Pietro

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Critic Reviews for Thieves' Highway

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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A savage attack on American comfort.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | November 25, 2006
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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Thieves' Highway

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

"Aren't women wonderful?"

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A thrilling revenge film noir about truckers. I loved it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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