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Thieves' Highway (1949)

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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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Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Barbara Lawrence ...
Polly Faber
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Ed Kinney
Joseph Pevney ...
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Morris Carnovsky ...
Yanko Garcos
Tamara Shayne ...
Parthena Garcos
Kasia Orzazewski ...
Mrs. Polansky, the Apple Farmer's Wife
Norbert Schiller ...
Mr. Polansky, the Apple Farmer
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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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Rackets Ride The Roads! See more »


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Lee J. Cobb (Mike Figlia) and Morris Carnovsky (Yanko Garcos) were both members of the famous Group Theater (1931-1940) and appeared together in the original Broadway production of Odets' "Golden Boy," Carnovsky played the father of the boxer. When the play was filmed with William Holden in his debut role, Cobb played the father. See more »

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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

Nico 'Nick' Garcos: Hey, do you like apples?
Rica: Everybody likes apples, except doctors.
Nico 'Nick' Garcos: Do you know what it takes to get an apple so you can sink your beautiful teeth in it? You gotta stuff rags up tailpipes, farmers gotta get gypped, you jack up trucks with the back of your neck, universals conk out...
Rica: I don't know what are you talking about, but I have a new respect for apples.
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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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Dassin & Conte: masters at work
6 October 1999 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully compelling, dark character study from Jules Dassin. Thieves' Highway ranks with the director's best: Brute Force, Night and the City, Topkapi. As usual the camera work is fluid and interesting, the plot unconventional (a lone truckdriver against the powerful racket boss, intimidatingly portrayed by Lee J. Cobb.) There's a terrific highway chase scene and intense performances by all actors. A major feature: the great Richard Conte. It's time this artist of American film and TV was recognized. Look him up in IMDb for an astonishing array of film noir roles and tv appearances (eg, The Twilight Zone:"Perchance to Dream"). As the protagonist of Thieves' Highway, Conte delivers an emotional, nuanced performance as a man in a dark conflict. It's a downright shame that this terrific film is not available in any video format. I learned of it from noir listings, and when it showed up on AMC (at 4am, I think) I managed to get it on tape. If you like film noir, Dassin or Conte see this film under any circumstance!!


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