Thieves' Highway (1949)
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1949 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
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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
Jan 1, 1949 Wide
Feb 1, 2005
Lee J Cobb
Walter S. Baldwin
State Highway Policeman
Jules Dassin's amazing Thieves' Highway (1949), which delves into the cutthroat world of fruit vendors, is a little-known classic.
Takes a sour bite out of the next apple you'll eat as it tells about the corruption of the California produce business.
functions equally well as revenge drama, moral fable, and no-holds-barred condemnation of dog-eat-dog capitalism
Dassin's film emerges as a rather searing, wide-reaching indictment of the necessary evils of doing business in the United States
Dassin swathes Thieves' Highway's long-haul boys in claustrophobic compositions and menacing darkness.
Dassin brings a level of social consciousness and location authenticity, which helps balance the story's more strained melodramatic contrivances
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