Thieves' Highway
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Based on a novel by A. I Bezzerides (who also worked on the screenplay) this convoluted crime melodrama chronicles the vengeance of a recently returned war veteran who discovers that racketeers have crippled his father, a produce trucker. In order to get back at the gangsters, the vet buys a truck and gets involved with the racket so he can get close to the crime boss. He does this by contracting to deliver a load of apples to the crime lord. Once there, a shady lady, hired by the produce manager, sashays up to distract the trucker while the gangster avails himself of the fruit. She takes a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A savage attack on American comfort."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"functions equally well as revenge drama, moral fable, and no-holds-barred condemnation of dog-eat-dog capitalism"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Jules Dassin's amazing Thieves' Highway (1949), which delves into the cutthroat world of fruit vendors, is a little-known classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Dassin's film emerges as a rather searing, wide-reaching indictment of the necessary evils of doing business in the United States"
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Takes a sour bite out of the next apple you'll eat as it tells about the corruption of the California produce business."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dassin swathes Thieves' Highway's long-haul boys in claustrophobic compositions and menacing darkness."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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