Thieves' Highway
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Thieves' Highway is set in San Francisco and the surrounding countryside. Richard Conte plays Nick Garcos, an American GI who returns from WWII to find that his father Yanko (Morris Carnovsky), a produce trucker, has lost the use of both legs because of a fight with crooked truck driver Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Nick is a clean-cut guy who was set on marrying his sweetheart Polly Faber (Barbara Lawrence). Instead, Nick gets embroiled in his father's feud with Mike, buying a truck and falling deeper into racketeering. He delivers a truckload of apples to Mike as part of a scheme to… More
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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, Filmcritic.com
"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, MovieMartyr.com
"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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