The Asphalt Jungle
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

The Asphalt Jungle is a brilliantly conceived and executed anatomy of a crime -- or, as director John Huston and scripter Ben Maddow put it, "a left-handed form of human endeavor." Recently paroled master criminal Erwin… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 23, 1950
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Asphalt Jungle is an expertly told crime story with attention paid to the crime and characters in equal measure.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

John Huston's greatest noir thriller.

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Witney Seibold

The characters are no mere cold symbolic avatars in a world gone stylistic; Huston breaks down that intellectual barrier, and allows the characters to shine in all their glorious dumb pathos.

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Paul Arendt

This tale of a jewel theft gone wrong is notable for its gritty procedural detail and an emphasis on the inner lives of the small time crooks, expertly played by Sterling Hayden and Sam Jaffe.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a cracking-good crime story almost perfectly told

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is among the most generally influential American films of the 1950s.

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Andrew Pulver

One of The Asphalt Jungle's strengths is that the crims seem about as thick as you suspect they would be in real life: no Cruise or Clooney-style braniac super-athletes here.

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Sean Axmaker

... essentially launched the heist film as a genre of its own and set the blueprint that all subsequent heist dramas built upon.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the first films to depict crime from the POV of the deviants rather than the police, this seminal film (arguably Huston's best) had a huge influence on the genre, manifest in the early work of Kubrick--and decades later Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A preeminent example of tough-guy cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
I was expecting Dix to start talking about our precious bodily fluids at any moment. Like other noirs, it inspired far better movies, and this one gets a bit… More
Aj V
Sort of interesting, but mostly an average film noir type movie. It's not bad, but it didn't grab my interest much either.
Bob O'Reilly
John Huston's highly influential heist/noir The Asphalt Jungle resonates so profoundly because of the way its director invests each crew member with… More
Saskia D.
Entertaining, not a dull moment. But not a masterpiece in my opinion..
Reid Volk
Huston's 1950 Noir about a jewel heist is an incredibly captivating film. Normally when I hear a film described as being about a heist, my mind immediately… More
William Sleet
Louis Calhern's steely restraint, Marc Lawrence's sweaty desperation, Jean Hagen losing an eyelash, Marilyn Monroe and her "big… More