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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 June 1950 (USA)
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A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Ben Maddow (screen play), John Huston (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Dix Handley
Louis Calhern ... Alonzo D. Emmerich
Jean Hagen ... Doll Conovan
James Whitmore ... Gus Minissi
Sam Jaffe ... Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
John McIntire ... Police Commissioner Hardy
Marc Lawrence ... Cobby
Barry Kelley ... Lt. Ditrich
Anthony Caruso ... Louis Ciavelli
Teresa Celli ... Maria Ciavelli
Marilyn Monroe ... Angela Phinlay
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Timmons (as William Davis)
Dorothy Tree ... May Emmerich
Brad Dexter ... Bob Brannom
John Maxwell ... Dr. Swanson
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Storyline

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 who offers to finance the whole operation and buy the gems immediately after the burglary. Doc hires the safe cracker 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The City Under The City!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In his autobiography, John Huston noted that he consulted with author W.R. Burnett several times during the development of the script, and that Burnett gave his approval of the final screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Ciavelli was inside of a long narrow tunnel, he chisels through the thin brick wall of the tunnel and goes inside of a room; along that same wall is a door leading upstairs. On the other side of the wall, there was no evidence of a door. See more »

Quotes

Angela Phinlay: I had the market send over some salt mackerel for you. I know how you love it for breakfast.
Alonzo D. Emmerich: [Looks at her approvingly] Some sweet kid.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in St. Elsewhere: Homecoming (1984) See more »

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Film is so gritty, you need to wipe your TV clean after viewing
8 February 2004 | by boris-26See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Asphalt Jungle (The City Under the City) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,232,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,868
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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