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Thieves' Highway (1949)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  10 October 1949 (USA)
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A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.

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Yanko Garcos
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Mrs. Polansky, the Apple Farmer's Wife
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The soldier Nick Garcos returns back home from the war very happy with gifts for his parents Yanko and Parthena Garcos and money in his pocket to open a business and get married with his girlfriend Polly Faber. Out of blue, Nick realizes that his father lost both legs and Yanko, who was a truck driver, tells that he was cheated by the dealer Mike Figlia in the San Francisco's market when he delivered a truckload of tomatoes and was not paid. He believes that his accident was provoked by Figlia's gangsters. He also tells that he sold the truck to a driver named Ed Kinney that has not paid him. Nick meets Ed and tells that he will bring the truck back, but Ed proposes a deal with apples, where they may earn a great amount. Nick invests his savings in another truck and buys apples from a Polish farmer. They need to drive directly to the market in San Francisco without sleeping to keep the fruits fresh, but Ed's truck has problem on its axle and Nick arrives first. Mike Figlia hires the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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According to director Jules Dassin, Jack Oakie was completely deaf by the time of this film. "He caused absolutely no delays," Dassin said. See more »

Goofs

Figlia's Henchman axes Nick's tire dead flat, but at the climax, Nick drives off in his truck and the tire isn't flat anymore.No mention is made of it being fixed. See more »

Quotes

Mike Figlia: Everything happens to me. The whole street, he's gotta break down in front of my place.
Charles, dock henchman: Tough luck.
Mike Figlia: I'm the original tough luck kid.
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Bye Bye Blackbird
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Music by Ray Henderson
Played when Nick goes upstairs with Rica
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a late bloom in market maturity through a long fuse of revenge
27 February 2005 | by (Mt Olympus, Hollywood Hills, CA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A lovely, richly nuanced tale of an edgy middle-age boy belatedly growing into manhood, Thieves' Highway features an understated star turn by Richard Conte as WWII combat vet Nick Garcos, against scene-chewing villainy by Lee J. Cobb as the corrupt produce wholesaler Mike Figlia. Among its numerous excellences, enjoy lapidary character development by Morris Carnovsky and Tamara Shayne as Nick's parents Yanko and Parthena; gruff and subtle supporting turns by Millard Mitchell as Ed Prentiss, his ill-fated partner in a spontaneous trucking venture, and Jack Oakie and Joseph Pevney as Slob and Pete, their ruthless, yet ultimately scrupulous competitors; and deceit and counterfeit by Valentina Cortese and Barbara Lawrence as Rica and Polly Faber, the whore and the madonna vying for Nick's favors at different times, in different ways, and for wildly different reasons. Jules Dassin's filmed version of Albert Isaac "Buzz" Bezzerides' socially responsive novel resonates with the allegory of a tough yet guileless prole losing his innocence and earning his place in the ruthless capitalist continuum between commerce and crime. The Criterion Collection DVD, short on extras, delivers on quality.


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