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1,200 Ratings

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
Huston often frames these men in obtuse ways, whether from an unusually low angle or with their faces obscured in darkness for long periods of time, which makes The Asphalt Jungle, in terms of visual style, a somewhat conventional noir for its time period. Yet there’s nothing remotely commonplace about Huston’s handling of space between and within scenes, with objects consistently marking three or even four planes of action.
December 13, 2016
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