A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
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
All of the dialogue spoken by Alberto Morin, who played Eddie Donato, was dubbed in by another actor--probably because Morin, who was born in Puerto Rico, had a pronounced Puerto Rican accent and Eddie Donato was supposed to be Italian. See more »
In the juke-joint scene, the music continues to be heard as the record machine is seen to be changing records. See more »
John Huston, one of the great film makers of all times, was at the top
of his craft when he undertook the direction of "The Asphalt Jungle".
The book by W.R. Barnett was brilliantly adapted by Mr. Huston and Ben
Maddox and the result stunned everyone. In fact, the film has been so
influential one sees parts of it in other movies of the genre. The
magnificent cinematography created by Harold Rosson speaks by itself.
The music score by Miklos Rozsa stays in the background and never
interferes with the action.
This is a film that looks as good today, as when it first was released.
In fact, one discovers more nuances as one watches it again, when it's
shown on cable. The cast of the film is one of its best assets going
for "The Asphalt Jungle". Mr. Huston assembled some of the best talent
working in the American cinema of that time.
Sterling Hayden, as Dix, gives a tremendous performance. The excellent
Louis Calhern, though, steals the picture with his take on Lon
Emmerich, the man who finds he is broke and wants to be at the center
of the caper, without risking anything. Marilyn Monroe has only two
scenes in the movie, but she shines in them. Also Jean Hagen, an
actress that should have gone far, but didn't, makes a valuable
contribution with her Doll Conovan.
The supporting cast is amazing. James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, Anthony
Caruso, Brad Dexter, and the rest, play well together to give the film
a seamless look.
"The Asphalt Jungle" shows why John Huston was one of the most
influential men in pictures. His films are a must see for all movie
lovers and studied by his successors and people working today owe a lot
to this master, who pioneered a style that stands as his legacy.
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