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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.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writer:

Alun Owen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... Johnny Bannion
Sam Wanamaker ... Mike Carter
Grégoire Aslan ... Frank Saffron
Margit Saad ... Suzanne
Jill Bennett ... Maggie
Rupert Davies ... Edwards
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Town
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Formby
Noel Willman ... Prison Governor
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Priest
Redmond Phillips ... Prison Doctor
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Clobber (as Kenneth Warren)
Patrick Magee ... Barrows
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Judas
Kenneth Cope ... Kelly
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Storyline

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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loot | robbery | racetrack | prison | heist | See All (20) »

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The toughest picture ever made in Britain!

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Concrete Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Stanley Baker and Nigel Green would star opposite each other in "The Man who Finally Died" and "Zulu." See more »

Goofs

After Johnny kicks the partygoers out of his apartment, he starts to run a bath then gets out a sun ray lamp, lies on his bed and is about to switch the lamp on when he discovers Suzanne in the bed. There is no scene showing him turning the bath taps off or showing the bath overflowing. See more »

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Anchor Bay's DVD, whilst otherwise uncut, does not include the melancholy end credit sequence, played over shots of circles of prisoners in the exercise yard. See more »


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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Music by Marvin Hatley
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A Thieving Boy
28 November 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The blacklisted Joseph Losey whose loss to the American cinema was the United Kingdom's gain took his knowledge of American prison films to fashion this gem. Starring in Concrete Jungle is the premier British tough guy Stanley Baker in a role that in America, Humphrey Bogart might have been given first crack at.

Whoever said there was no honor among thieves must have run with Baker's mob. When we meet him, he's a day away from his release from one jail sentence, but not until some prison justice is meted out to a newly arriving Patrick Magee with whom Baker has a grudge over a previous job.

No sooner is Baker out than he's back in a nice caper concerning the robbery of a racetrack. But thieves being what they are somebody rats and Baker's back in stir. But not before he's buried the loot and doesn't tell anyone, the same thing he was mad at Magee for.

It's a scurvy lot Baker has for friends, I haven't seen this many bad people hold a viewer's interest without there being any redeeming good people in a film since I first saw Goodfellas. But like Goodfellas there is something fascinating about Baker and the whole crew, people like Sam Wanamaker, Gregoire Aslan, etc. Even the cops like Laurence Naismith aren't especially heroic. Naismith admits as much, he's just got a well developed system of stool pigeons which any cop worth his badge has.

Baker really dominates the film, the United Kingdom hasn't produced an actor like him since. Concrete Jungle is a classic example of his tough guy appeal and a great introduction to him.

And you'll love Cleo Laine's singing of A Thieving Boy at the beginning and end of the film.


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