The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle
  • 1950
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Huston
  • Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, Marilyn Monroe

Huston's freshly cleaned up 1950 film noir/heist classic feels as fresh today as it must have been then. Based on WR Burnett's pulp novel and with a blindingly starry cast, the story of a botched diamond heist which brings down characters from every rung of society was immeasurably influential. Although, in the current climate, the political overtones of the ending seem to jar, this is a joy and undoubtedly one of Huston's best.

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The Asphalt Jungle

13 Nov 20064 stars

What can one say about John Huston’s marvellous 1950 film noir/heist classic that has not already been said? A very direct influence on much that was to follow it, most obviously Kubrick’s The Killing and Dassin’s Riffifi but also a vibrant model of…

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