The Asphalt Jungle
Film Noir | English | 112 minutes
Shortly after being released from prison, criminal mastermind Erwin “Doc” Riedenschneider, starts to plan a heist of precious jewelry. To finance the heist, Alonzo Emmerich, a wealthy, conniving lawyer contributes $50,000 With funding in place, Doc hires three key assistants: Louie Ciavelli, a super safecracker, Gus Minissi, the getaway driver, and Dix Handley, a ruthless thug, to manage the break-in. The heist leads to problems bringing out deceit and treachery among the participants.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- Metacritic Score: 85
- Venice Film Festival: Winner, Best Actor (Sam Jaffe)
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Director (John Huston)
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Director (John Huston); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Jaffe); Best Screenplay (Ben Maddow, John Huston)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Director (John Huston); Best Screenplay (Ben Maddow, John Huston)
- The Asphalt Jungle was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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A taut, realistic film full of fine characterizations. A model of its kind, frequently copied and remade.
A minor classic film noir. This tale of a jewel theft gone wrong is notable for its gritty procedural detail and an emphasis on the inner lives of small time crooks.
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