The Asphalt Jungle is an excellent film noir classic directed by John Huston. The story follows the preparation of a jewel heist, the robbery, and then the following chase for the crooks. During the robbery, something goes wrong causing the police to come down hard on the robbers. This is a classic movie that shows a darker side of society and the people in it. These people aren't just cartoon characters, but human beings with emotions and reasons for the way they live. In the movie, we see the motivation for several of the characters and why they are involved in the robbery. The cast for the movie is very good with several big stars. Sterling Hayden is suprisingly good as Dix Handley, the enforcer on the heist. His performance is very good since it is different from his usual cardboard personality in movies. Louis Calhern plays Ennrich, the fence for the heist and the man who has alterior motives. James Whitmore is excellent as Gus, the driver with the crooked back. Sam Jaffe is also very good as Doc, the orchestrator of the plan who is recently out of jail. The film also stars Marilyn Monroe in an early role, Marc Lawrence, Anthony Caruso, Jean Hagen, and in a particularly slimy role, Brad Dexter. This is an excellent film that doesn't shy away from showing things like they are. A great story with flawed characters help to make this a true classic. Do not miss the Asphalt Jungle!