A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

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Louis Ciavelli
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When the intelligent criminal Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider is released from prison, he seeks a fifty thousand-dollar investment from the bookmaker Cobby to recruit a small gang of specialists for a million-dollar heist of jewels from a jewelry. Doc is introduced to the lawyer Alonzo D. Emmerich that offers to finance the whole operation and buy the gems immediately after the burglary. Doc hires the safecracker Louis Ciavelli, the driver Gus Minissi and the gunman Dix Handley to the heist. His plan works perfectly but bad luck and betrayals compromise the steps after the heist and the gangsters need to flee from the police. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The City Under the City

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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23 May 1950 (USA)  »

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The Asphalt Jungle (The City Under the City)  »

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A tribute to Sam Jaffe's character, Doc Riedenschneider, appears in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's film noir The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), which features a defense lawyer named Freddy Riedenschneider, played by Tony Shalhoub. See more »

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When Riedenschneider is first led back into Cobby's back room, there are three men visible through the door when it opens. When he gets into the room, they are nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Cobby: Here's to the drink habit. It's the only one I got that don't get me into trouble.
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Film is so gritty, you need to wipe your TV clean after viewing
8 February 2004 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE is a sometimes unsung triumph of director/writer John Huston. Sterling Hayden plays a down and out hoodlum who pairs up with cheesecake obcessed master thief Sam Jaffee. The seedy urbane characters that populate their world keep you glued to the screen. Marilyn Monroe is perfect as the spoiled mistress of crooked lawyer Louis Calhern. James Whitmore deserved an Oscar for his role as Gus, the diner owner with a fondness for kittens and crime. Has a great look, will make you pine for more black and white.


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