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Concrete Jungle (1960)

The Criminal (original title)
In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.

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Johnny Bannion
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Mike Carter
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Frank Saffron
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Suzanne
Jill Bennett ...
Maggie
Rupert Davies ...
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Mr. Town
John Van Eyssen ...
Formby
Noel Willman ...
Prison Governor
Derek Francis ...
Priest
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Prison Doctor
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Clobber (as Kenneth Warren)
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Barrows
Robert Adams ...
Judas
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Kelly
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An ex-con who's taken part in the robbery of a racetrack is caught and sent back to prison, but he won't tell his fellow gang members where he's stashed the loot. The gang kidnaps his girlfriend and has him tortured in prison in an effort to find out where the money is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The toughest picture ever made in Britain!

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17 March 1961 (West Germany)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Feature film debut of Derek Francis. See more »

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Kelly's Back
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Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Alun Owen
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A neglected gem from Joseph Losey starring the excellent Stanley Baker
15 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Stanley Baker's dodgy Irish accent strikes the only false note in Joseph Losey's hard-nosed crime drama. A lethal combination of charm, guile and brute force makes jailbird Johnny Bannion the top dog in B block. Once he's released, Bannion is plunged straight back into a world of free-flowing booze, casual sex and cool jazz in his well-appointed bachelor pad. But there's no thought of going straight as he plots a lucrative racetrack heist with the reptilian Carter (Sam Wanamaker). The intrigue here lies not in the heist itself but in the web of betrayals that follow, as Losey and screenwriter Alun Owen build an authentic portrait of the criminal underworld on both sides of the prison wall. There's no hint here of the cartoonish Swinging London and stereotypical cockney villains that continue to plague British cinema. Robert Krasker's photography lends a stark beauty to the pollarded trees in the prison courtyard and Johnny Dankworth's score, punctuated by a mournful Cleo Laine ballad, is superb. With its harsh, sweaty depiction of prison violence, this is a million miles from the upper-class shenanigans depicted in the director's later films like The Servant and The Go-Between.


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