The Asphalt Jungle1950
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
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as Dix Handley
as Alonzo D. Emmerich
as Doll Conovan
as Gus Ninissi
as Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
as Police Commissioner
as Lt. Ditrich
as Louis Ciavelli
as Maria Ciavelli
as Angela Phinlay
as May Emmerich
as Bob Brannon
as Dr. Swanson
as James X. Connery
as Franz Schurz
as Night Clerk
as Karl Anton Smith
as William Doldy
as Truck Driver
as Eddie Donato
Critic Reviews for The Asphalt Jungle
... essentially launched the heist film as a genre of its own and set the blueprint that all subsequent heist dramas built upon.
The characters are no mere cold symbolic avatars in a world gone stylistic; Huston breaks down that intellectual barrier, and allows the characters to shine in all their glorious dumb pathos.
This is among the most generally influential American films of the 1950s.
One of the first films to depict crime from the POV of the deviants rather than the police, this seminal film (arguably Huston's best) had a huge influence on the genre, manifest in the early work of Kubrick--and decades later Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs
Audience Reviews for The Asphalt Jungle
What makes this classic noir/heist film so engrossing is the deliberate and unemotional way it takes us through the minutiae of a plan that involves a large group of characters, and even more interesting is how it manages to keep these characters as its primary focus.
I was expecting Dix to start talking about our precious bodily fluids at any moment. Like other noirs, it inspired far better movies, and this one gets a bit too preachy regarding the "greater good" of the police and what not. Ok flick, not Huston's best.
John Huston's highly influential heist/noir The Asphalt Jungle resonates so profoundly because of the way its director invests each crew member with personality and motivation. A low-life hooligan with the heart of a farmboy (Sterling Hayden), a German career-con who's really a romantic with a penchant for senoritas, and safe-crackin new father, team up for a jewel caper. Of course crime doesn't pay, but when a film's lawless hoods are as human as these you sure as hell wish it did.
The Asphalt Jungle Quotes
|Alonzo D. Emmerich:||after all crime is just the left handed form of human endeavor|
|Alonzo D. Emmerich:||After all crime is just the left handed form of human endeavor.|
|Doc Erwin Riedenschneider:||"One way or another, we all work for our vice."|
|Doc Erwin Riedenschneider:||One way or another, we all work for our vice.|