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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
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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17 March 1961 (West Germany)  »

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Concrete Jungle  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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The racecourse that Stanley Baker robs is Hurst Park. It opened in 1890 & closed in October 1962. See more »

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Referenced in The Cracksman (1963) 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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16 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Joseph Losey's film has acquired something of a reputation since it's release way back when, though it's hard to see why. Stanley Baker playing the eponymous villain is convincing enough but the script and characterisations are weak. This is particularly evident in the prison scenes which comprise most of the film. The incarcerated are stock characters so beloved of British films of this period and they perform true to type (ie terribly). The exception is one of Beckett's favourite actors Patrick Magee, his sinister prison guard is a real stand-out. Aside from his performance the other outstanding feature is the photography from Robert Krasker which, ironically, suggests what a great film this could have been.


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