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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

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Starring (View all)
Sterling Hayden Sterling Hayden
Dix Handley
Louis Calhern Louis Calhern
Alonzo D. Emmerich
Jean Hagen Jean Hagen
Doll Conovan
James Whitmore James Whitmore
Gus Minissi
Sam Jaffe Sam Jaffe
Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
John McIntire John McIntire
Police Commissioner Hardy
Barry Kelley Barry Kelley
Lt. Ditrich


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Ben Maddow Ben Maddow
(screen play) and
John Huston John Huston
(screen play)


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1 year, 3 months ago at Jun 16 18:01
When a criminal mastermind, a bookie and a lawyer join forces, assembling a crack team to pull off a lucrative jewellery heist, the expectation is that the robbery be awarded the most screen time. John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" places more emphasis on preparation and downfall as much as it does the actual caper, and it is a decision that pays off splendidly. Depicting the minutiae of the plan ... read more
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'Doc' Riedenschneider, legendary crime 'brain' just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis, driver Gus, financial backer Emmerich, and strong-arm man Dix Handley. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise.
Release date: 1 June 1950
UPC: 085393981228
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