Thieves' Highway (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 manager, sashays up to distract the trucker while the gangster avails himself of the fruit. She takes a liking to the trucker and warns him that his life is in danger.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: A.I. Bezzerides
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
Criterion Collection


Richard Conte
as Nick Garcos
Lee J Cobb
as Figlia
Morris Carnovsky
as Yanko Garcos
Tamara Shayne
as Parthena Garcos
Kasia Orzazewski
as Mrs. Polansky
Hope Emerson
as Midgren
George Tyne
as Charles
Percy Helton
as Proprietor
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Faber
Al Eben
as Newman
Joe Haworth
as Inspector
Dick Wessel
as Cab Driver
Robert Bice
as Announcer
Roy Damron
as Motor Policeman
Ted Jordan
as State Highway Police...
John Merton
as State Highway Police...
Robert Foulk
as Policeman
Jim Nolan
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Thieves' Highway

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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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