Thieves' Highway
Thieves' Highway (1949)

A powerful drama set in California in which a seaman gets a job with a trucking company that is under the thumb of the Mob, but he has his own reasons for getting involved, the foremost being revenge.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A savage attack on American comfort.

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Chris Barsanti

functions equally well as revenge drama, moral fable, and no-holds-barred condemnation of dog-eat-dog capitalism

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Jules Dassin's amazing Thieves' Highway (1949), which delves into the cutthroat world of fruit vendors, is a little-known classic.

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Jeremy Heilman

Dassin's film emerges as a rather searing, wide-reaching indictment of the necessary evils of doing business in the United States

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Takes a sour bite out of the next apple you'll eat as it tells about the corruption of the California produce business.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Dassin swathes Thieves' Highway's long-haul boys in claustrophobic compositions and menacing darkness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Excellent pink noir, save the tacky tacked- on ending. "Aren't women wonderful?"
Stella Dallas
this is a good b-picture about truckers, directed by jules dassin and written by a.i. bezzerides, who also wrote they drive by night and kiss me deadly.… More
Aj V
A thrilling revenge film noir about truckers. I loved it.
Ken Stachnik
Very interesting Noir-esque film by Dassin. The film takes some unexpected twists and turns while still being very dark at times. The ending is especially… More
jay nixon
Good old fashioned drama that gets better as it goes along. Well directed and acted but similar to the superior They Drive by Night.
Michael Gildea
Dassin does a great job from a directorial standpoint, but Thieves' Highway is just kind of there. I was never a big fan of Richard Conte and this movie… More