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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.
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…
I like how Marilyn Monroe has retroactively been billed as the star of the film despite having maybe two minutes of screen time.
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…
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…
Wow, great film! I'd heard of this film, of course, but when I saw it on-demand on the TCM channel on Sling TV, I just had to start it. I was drawn right in.
One of the all-time great heist flicks.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had no idea beforehand that John Huston had directed this. The cast was excellent. I loved Sterling Hayden in it, and the scene where he was in the lineup and stared through the glass and intimidated the witness was classic! And Strother Martin made a cameo as the silent guy next to Hayden but didn't speak a word.
I love a good heist movie and Sam Jaffe was super as the mastermind. He was wise with his suspicions and gave off a great air of calm all the way through. Also dug James Whitmore as the driver. His was a great character: hunchbacked, running a diner, dispensing wisdom, and being very loyal to his friends. On the flip side…
An appropriate cap on Huston's sturdy (albeit bland) 1940s output.
One of the finest in the genre. A second watch could easily boost this into the 5 star territory. I don't even want to try to explain or talk about why it's so amazing. Just watch it and you'll understand, this is a genre essential.
A recently paroled criminal mastermind creates a crew of veterans burglars to pull off a huge jewel heist with the funds of a crooked lawyer. Another viewing affirms by opinions that this highly-lauded film noir by John Huston still belongs nowhere near a list of the best in the genre. The women in this movie, especially Marilyn Monroe, are really poorly written and basically useless other than simple plot devices - and not in a way to where their use will destroy them and cause disastrous consequences.
The performances that actually amount to something are the ones by an Oscar-nominated Sam Jaffe and a shouldabeen-nominated Louis Calhern. Jaffe's mastermind is a shrinking, charismatic, ingratiating role played with mysterious charm and…
A group of veteran criminals are recruited by a money-strapped lawyer to pull off a jewel heist. Of course, things go wrong. I honestly wanted to like this more than I did. Don't get me wrong. It's still a pretty darn good heist/film noir film but I don't think it's one of the top-tier of the genre. In fact, I think Rififi did a somewhat similar story and concept a heckuva lot better, at least in my opinion. It's still a fine, worthwhile film featuring an excellent ensemble cast including Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles.
A solid, if rather unremarkable, film noir from John Huston. There's nothing really to dislike about this movie. The cast perform decently and the story is fairly engaging. If there is a problem with the film it is that it is almost instantly forgettable. In fact the most memorable thing about the movie is the minor role from Marilyn Monroe. That said, there are worse ways to spend two hours.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!