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Concrete Jungle (1960)

The Criminal (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Johnny Bannion
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Mike Carter
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Frank Saffron
Margit Saad ...
Suzanne
Jill Bennett ...
Maggie
Rupert Davies ...
Edwards
Laurence Naismith ...
Mr. Town
John Van Eyssen ...
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Noel Willman ...
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Derek Francis ...
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Redmond Phillips ...
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Kenneth J. Warren ...
Clobber (as Kenneth Warren)
Patrick Magee ...
Barrows
Robert Adams ...
Judas
Kenneth Cope ...
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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13 September 1960 (UK)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Film debut of Roy Dotrice. See more »

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Referenced in The Cracksman (1963) See more »

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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Stark and bleak of expression with mixed performances, too much talk, and several dramatically muddled and muffed sequences
3 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Stanley Baker is convincing as a brutal villain, but it looked to me that he could easily have been nobbled by several of his prison inmates. There's a lot of talk that attempts to sew the plot together, but not a lot of action - and I don't mean fights and car chases, I mean the difference between taking the audience on a cinematic journey as opposed to being told what's happening by the dialogue. There's too much telling and not enough showing. Several of the set-pieces in this essentially crime/gangster genre story are clumsily handled. The robbery is poorly covered: we don't know what the plan is, or what the perpetrators are up against, plus several opportunities for high tension are muffed. In the prison, the conflicts are fairly well developed and realised, but often they're stagey or overwrought. Gregoire Aslan is an excellent 'capo' and there is some good character work by the supporting cast, but there is also some woeful acting. The general statement of this film is that this is a grim, bleak, violent society in which ordinary man is always imprisoned - that part works, but as a drama or a thriller it's clunky and uneven. An under-developed script, some patchy, but energetic direction, and a generally excellent job of anamorphic lensing by Aussie Robert Krasker.


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