Wet Asphalt (1958)

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When a made-up story crafted to meet a rapidly approaching deadline spirals out of control, a young reporter takes it upon himself to warn the public and his journalistic peers of the dangers of sensationalism in this long-lost film noir directed by Frank Wisbar and starring Horst Buchholz. Aspiring journalist Greg Bachmann (Buchholz) has just been released from prison and is looking for some honest work. Soon hired as assistant to influential yellow journalist Cesar Boyd (Martin Held), Bachmann is shocked to discover that his new employer has concocted the story of a blind Nazi soldier discovered in a bunker years after the end of World War II in order to meet a looming deadline. When other reporters latch on to the story and run a phony picture of the long-lost soldier, a peaceful protest aimed at pressuring authorities to release the man quickly elevate into a full-scale riot. Now, with all of Europe in chaos, Bachmann must race to expose the fraudulent scoop and spread the word about the dangers of tabloid reporting. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Horst Buchholz
as Greg Bachmann
Martin Held
as Cesar Boyd
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Critic Reviews for Wet Asphalt

All Critics (2)

Relentlessly ridiculous.

Full Review… | April 17, 2006
Film Freak Central

Calling this a "lost noir" is an uncommon stretch -- kind of like calling Blade II a "new classic" on TNT.

October 31, 2005
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Wet Asphalt

½

the package says 'war noir" nope not this one but it is a study on the power of the press and what is true or a lie.not bad B movie fare.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood
½

This wasn't as 'noir' as I was expecting based on the cover art, which seems to hint at a rumpled detective adrift in a rain-slicked world that only exists at night, but was still rather watchable. A reporter finds out that his boss is solely responsible for the sensational stories that have been making both of them famous and must try to make amends without framing himself as a liar in public. Worth a look, but it's not going to replace The Big Sleep on your favorite movie list.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant
½

This is one of the best WWII movies I've seen, and I highly recommend it, I saw it online, so check it out.

Aj V
Aj V

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