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The Asphalt Jungle


Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore View All


John Huston (Screenplay), John Huston (Director), Ben Maddow (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jun. 1st, 1950
Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes
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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Two time Oscar winner John Huston provides meticulous artistry as the director and co-screenwriter of this slick crime thriller, based on a novel by WR Burnett that doesn't waste any time with exposition or backstory, getting to the story at hand immediately and quickly introducing the primary playe....
Huston is in his prime here and balances a number of character arcs around the familiar "botched heist" narrative, but the end result leaves a bit to be desired.
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