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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.
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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…
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.
Cool character driven heist movie told from the perspectives of the criminals involved.
You've got to Viking God Sterling Hayden as the muscle (read: Hooligan) whose weakness is betting on horse racing. He just really wants to get back to Kentucky to wash all of the city dirt off of him. Sam Jaffe as the brains. His weakness is young vibrant girls. My favorite scene with him is when he thinks he's alone and started pervily flipping through a girly calender. Then you've got James Whitmore as the driver. I guess his weakness would be his physical deformity. Also, he loves cats. Lastly on the heist squad, you've got the box man Anthony Caruso. He's a humble family man with…
Great demonstration in down playing a premise
Impeccably crafted. Just superb all around. Sterling Hayden is fun to watch too.
Great, great, great movie. Sterling Hayden is fantastic. Marilyn Monroe is played up here, she's really only in like two scenes, yet on the poster, sex sells I guess. Great Film. Love John Huston.
A film that influenced filmmakers from Stanley Kubrick to Quentin Tarantino. It' reasonable to say were it not for this film, there would be no The Killing, no Riffifi, no Reservoir Dogs and no many lesser films that followed in its path. The film is based on the 1949 novel by W.R. Burnett, the same man responsible for source material for such other great films as Little Caesar and High Sierra. The film is also remembered as the first important role for a young blonde by the name of Marilyn Monroe. Monroe's part is small,but she for the first time alludes the sensuality that would be a trademark in her later films. Interesting enough, the two films Huston made with…
Nota = 4
A group of characters from the underbelly of the city gather to perform what seems to be the perfect jewel heist. Incredibly, director John Huston makes you care for each and every one of them. The film also serves as an interesting thesis on the role the police plays as protectors of the city. Are cops really that different than the hoodlums? Despite dominating the poster, Marilyn Monroe only plays a small role (one of her first), but still manages to be unforgettable.
Has one of the most unique, weird, and beautiful death scenes I think I've ever seen.
I say "rewatched," but it's been so long I didn't remember it. Sterling Hayden's performance (especially vocally) I find distracting and annoying, so noteworthy elements like sound, m-e-s, staging, and framing got less of my attention than they should've. The heist movie has, in the years since Huston's film, usually been structured around the job itself as the climax rather than the fallout from that job. Here, the caper is nearly an anticlimax, shot in a minimalistic and (I daresay) realist style; you can almost hear their hearts pounding, but without soundtrack and overdone cinematography compelling you to feel the anxiety.
Fascinated, too, by the figure of the German here in 1950. There are two of them, one major (Doc)…
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