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The Asphalt Jungle

Directed by John Huston
United States, 1950
Film noir


A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

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The Asphalt Jungle Directed by John Huston

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1950 | Winner: Best Actor (Volpi Cup)

Academy Awards

1951 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

The reverberations in this MGM B-feature are multiple, although that doesn’t prevent it from still seeming fresh today… Promoting the film when it came out, Huston described each member of the gang as having a separate vice, and this is what also makes each of them life-sized. No less impressive are Miklós Rózsa’s characteristically brazen score and Harold Rosson’s glittering cinematography.
June 30, 2017
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[One] of Huston’s best work of [the 1950s…] It’s a noir observing the build-up and aftermath of a jewel heist, taking considerable interst in both the process of the vault-cracking and the workaday lives and dreams of its gang of double-crossing crooks, including a superb, oleaginous Louis Calhern as their old-moneyed backer, the whole affair owing not a little to Huston’s own 1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
January 06, 2017
It firmed up the template for one of cinema’s most familiar dramatic arcs: the assembling of the team, the high-precision execution of the caper, the chaotic and generally bloody aftermath. Yet even if The Asphalt Jungle was seen in its own day as a model of nail-biting suspense, it comes across now as a most Chekhovian film noir, steeped in a mood of regret even before the action begins and proceeding almost gently on its inevitable downward course.
December 13, 2016
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