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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!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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Company Credits

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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Trivia

Feature film debut of Derek Francis. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cracksman (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Kelly's Back
(uncredited)
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Alun Owen
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A neglected gem from Joseph Losey starring the excellent Stanley Baker

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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