Thieves' Highway

1949

Thieves' Highway

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A powerful drama set in California in which a seaman gets a job with a trucking company that is under the thumb of the Mob, but he has his own reasons for getting involved, the foremost being revenge.

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Critic Reviews for Thieves' Highway

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Audience Reviews for Thieves' Highway

  • Jul 28, 2019
    There's so much to love about this Noir. But, there's also some really weak characters and scenes.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2014
    In "Theives' Highway," Nick Garcos(Richard Conte) returns home from being at sea, only to find his father(Morris Carnovsky) having had his legs amputated from an accident at work. So, Nick intends to get the money owed to his father from Mike Figlia(Lee J. Cobb) who was responsible for the accident. But first Nick has to collect on his father's former truck from Ed Kinney(Millard Mitchell), its new owner. While it is true that Bill does not have the money, he does have a lucrative lead on apples that may also work as an introduction to Figlia in San Francisco. While the characterizations are more than a little inconsistent, "Thieves' Highway" is still a lean mean piece of noir. After the plot quickly kicks in, the movie rarely lets up after that which is only suitable considering this is about truck drivers. In general, the movie is about the American dream and the challenges that immigrants face when trying to make it in the United States.(On the other side, the movie also suffers from some of the sexism of the time it was made.) Director Jules Dassin is so honest in depicting this that it is not surprising that he had to eventually leave the country.
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    A thrilling revenge film noir about truckers. I loved it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer

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