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. 

Sterling Hayden (Dix Handley) / Louis Calhern (Alonzo D. Emmerich) / Sam Jaffe (“Doc” Erwin) / Anthony Caruso (Louis Ciavelli) / James Whitmore (Gus Minissi) / Marilyn Monroe  (Angela Phinlay)
Why Stream This Film?
The American Film Institute (AFI) regarded The Asphalt Jungle one of director John Huston’s best.
  • 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.”
A taut, realistic film full of fine characterizations. A model of its kind, frequently copied and remade.
Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide

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.
Paul Arendt


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