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The Asphalt Jungle
The City Under the City
Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #7
A John Huston film disguised as a heist flick when its true strength is its character driven plot! Everything is seen from the point of view of the thugs or in this case hooligans!
You know it did its job well when I find myself openly rooting for the more sympathetic characters and shaking my clenched fist at the ones who truly had black hearts!
The ending was a real heartbreaker!
Why I watched this one? I like John Huston movies....and this is one I that have wanted to see for a very long time.
What is this one about? A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.
My thoughts on this one? If you look at the dvd cover on the left of this review you would think that this is a Marilyn Monroe movie ....based on the fact that she is on the cover and her name is the biggest on the cover. Well she is in the movie....but she only has two scenes in the entire movie. As for the movie......this is a very entertaining movie with an awesome…
One way or another, we all work for our vice.
My second John Huston adaptation of a W.R. Burnett novel this week, the first one being High Sierra. Huston co-wrote this one with Ben Maddow, but also directed this time around. It is one of the most influential heist films ever made for the simple fact that Huston and Maddow realized, even at this early stage, that what would make the film great wasn't the heist itself, but the characters involved.
The film is filled with clearly defined characterization with, even more impressively, very specific dialogue styles written for everyone in the film. Combine that with great performances by the entire ensemble cast and you end up with…
I have to admit that I was a bit predisposed to like this movie, I might say even giddy. It stars Sterling Hayden, and he plays two of my favourite characters in two of my favourite films; The Killing, and Dr. Strangelove. While it could be argued, successfully, that he plays the same character every time, I don’t really care. I just love his no nonsense tough guy delivery. Probably even more than James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart.
The first thing that struck me was the absence of score. Beyond the opening, there is none. The second thing that struck me was the sumptuous cinematography. This is a master plying his trade. This is the best looking and photographed Noir…
In some ways, he's the most dangerous of them all. A hardened killer. A hooligan. A man without human feeling or human mercy.
The more I watch this, the more I realize how much of an underrated character Dix Handley is with a great performance by Sterling Hayden. Simple in nature, but he has some layers to him.
I don't know why I expected Asphalt Jungle to be one of the best film noirs ever made. Perhaps it was because I was so familiar with the title that I made that assumption. There is little doubt that my very high expectations contributed to my disappointment.
The film isn't bad by any stretch; it just isn't the masterpiece I thought it would be.
It takes a while for the film to get going, and there is very little drama in the first few segments to be fully engrossing. The word "flat" describes it best but I'm not sure I could explain it if asked.
There is a very long introduction to all of the characters made interesting simply because…
Startlingly good ensemble cast. Atmospheric film noir at its best. Sterling Hayden has the blue-ribbon hang-dog face of the era, a defeated handsomeness and fatalistic posture, but this film also allows him to throw his weight around just a bit. I've never before been so impressed with his looming physicality and the brute at bay behind that five o'clock shadow, but he's only the hub of this picture connected to a half-dozen sturdy as hell spokes populating a workaday criminal underworld infused with as much romantic fatalism as any other picture you'd care to stack it up against. When John McIntire's Police Commissioner gives his press release about Hayden's desperado on the run, he refers to him as a cornered…
Despite the appealing poster, Marilyn Monroe is actually hardly in the movie at all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
'The Asphalt Jungle' is a heist movie, an influential one too. I think I caught a case of the "Seinfeld isn't funny" influence, because I didn't find much special about this film. It's predictable that with the forty minutes of double-crossing, something is bound to go wrong. But, I recognize this film's importance in the crime canon, so extra stars.
After all, crime is just a left handed form of human endeavor.
Glorious ensemble cast noir. Of course the heist doesn't pay off, but the film does a fantastic job making its band of criminals into nuanced, sympathetic figures. Sterling Hayden was so at home in his goon role.
Commendable for its bleak realism, John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle gives us the requisite "heist gone wrong" and then forces us to watch its slow, inevitable crawl toward the doomed fate that awaits all those involved. The approach is an intriguing one, but the execution is surprisingly bland for someone with Huston's edge. Darker and more pragmatic for its time, The Asphalt Jungle unfortunately comes off more boilerplate than anything else when looking at it 65 years later. In fact, the only things that really stand out about it these days are the gorgeous cinematography of Harold Rosson, a killer performance from Sam Jaffe and an ending that's sure to leave a mark. Otherwise, this is quite standard fare.
The problem I have watching crime movies from the Hays Code era of Hollywood, is that you always know how it's going to end. Crime cannot pay. And this was one of those movies where I wished it could. Just this time. Just once.
Best tough guy quote from Sterling Hayden after taking care of his gunshot wound: "That bullet just ripped through my side and went on about its business."
Now isn't that a man that deserves to get away with it?
More character driven than most noirs. The lack of stars (Monroe isn't one yet) in the cast suggests the cheaper noir films, but this is, of course, an A-production with John Huston at the helm - makes for an interesting tension.
This reminded me of early '30s gangster films in that there's a fair amount of anti-crime moralizing undermined by a focus on and humanization of the criminals.
A film noir about a jewel heist told from the perspective of the criminals.
Good: The performances are all stellar but Sam Jaffe really stands out and Marilyn Monroe has a memorable cameo.
Bad: Louis Calhern kissing Monroe was ewww.
Meh: Hard not to compare this to Sterling Hayden's other caper noir, The Killing, and I liked his other character better.
"One way or another, we all work for our vice."
Didn't really keep my attention as well as I would have hoped. It is thrilling and interesting at all the right parts, but still feels a little too direct at points. The characters didn't engross me very well, and while the writing was top notch, it was always just a bit off to me. Hayden is great and gruff, as was expected, but that didn't lead to the most satisfying of movies overall. I love noirs, but this just wasn't the one for me, even though I still enjoyed it.
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