Asphalt Jungle [Import]
The dark urban world of The Asphalt Jungle is one of the essential destinations in film noir, but be warned: despite tough guy Sterling Hayden's dreams of bucolic escape, there is no way out. John Huston directed this superbly calibrated crime classic, which displays his usual wry appreciation of fringies and down-and-outers. This time the task for Huston's eccentric ensemble is a jewel robbery, which--this being a Huston film--can't possibly work out as well as its plan. The cast includes Sam Jaffee, indelible as a criminal mastermind, and the pre-stardom Marilyn Monroe. Hayden plays the kind of mug he would revisit in Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, which is an informal homage to this film. And the film's look is definitive: both artful and gritty, it creates a noir landscape that traps its people just as surely as the tar pits trapped the dinosaurs. No wonder they call it noir. --Robert Horton
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The transfer on "The Asphalt Jungle" is better than average, though it's not perfect. The gray scale has a richly balanced look with deep solid blacks and clean whites. On occasion grain looks heavier than it should and contrast levels seem a tad low.Read more ›
Hayden is the star of the film but Sam Jaffe and Louis Calhern are not far behind. In fact, the more I watch this film, the more I see the latter two as the real stars here, and I especially have begun to appreciate the great acting by Calhern in here.
Academy Award nominations for Director, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography.
Sterling Hayden: ever the maverick, ever the individual - he preferred to sail his yacht around the world rather than act in movies. Yet despite his lack of interest in film, he was lauded and chased by the very finest directors: John Huston, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola & Stanley Kubrick. In each of his roles, Hayden's individuality showed forth whatever the genre of film: noir, adventure, western & swashbuckler -- right up to his final film.
1. John Huston [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 August 1906 - Nevada, Missouri
Date of Death: 28 August 1987 - Middletown, Rhode Island
2. Sterling Hayden [aka: Sterling Relyea Walter]
Date of Birth: 26 March 1916- Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Date of Death: 23 May 1986 - Sausalito, California
3. Louis Calhern
Date of Birth: 19 February 1895, Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: 12 May 1956, Tokyo, Japan
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Sterling Hayden at his best in this heart pounding thriller. Surprise ending.Published 14 months ago by blkgrrl
Toute la magie de Marilyn en quelques minutes et peu de mots....les débuts de la star!! Produit de qualité, livré dans les délais et en bon état.Published on May 7 2014 by Frédérique M.
Only 7 minutes of Marilyn Munro but good show! Unusual creative ending. They didn't get away. Should have had more Marilyn Munro!Published on Nov. 20 2011 by Carole
Director: John Huston
Format: Black & White
Studio: Turner Home Video
Video Release Date: February 26, 1992
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The disquieting urban landscape and deeply disturbed motley crew of spurious characters that populate "The Asphalt Jungle" make the film one of the essential destinations for fans... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Nix Pix
My own favorite John Huston film; superior in its way to his other great projects like "The Maltese Falcon" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Read morePublished on May 30 2004
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... Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by T O'Brien
It is tragic that this marvelous film is not yet available on DVD. While it would not be full screen, I nonetheless would love to see a perfectly restored print and the greater... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by Robert Moore