The Asphalt Jungle

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In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a cherry-picked trio of outlaws into his carefully devised... read more
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In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a cherry-picked trio of outlaws into his carefully devised but inevitably doomed scheme. Anchored by an abundance of nuanced performances from a gifted ensemble—including a tight-jawed Sterling Hayden and a sultry Marilyn Monroe in her breakout role—this gritty crime classic by John Huston climaxes in a meticulously detailed anatomy of a robbery that has reverberated through the genre ever since. An uncommonly naturalistic view of a seamy underworld, The Asphalt Jungle painstakingly depicts the calm professionalism and toughness of its gangster heroes while evincing a remarkable depth of compassion for their all-too-human fragility, and it showcases a master filmmaker at the height of his powers.

Original Release

05/22/1950

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Cast

Sterling Hayden Dix Handley
Marilyn Monroe Angela Phinlay
Louis Calhern Alonzo D. Emmerich
Jean Hagen Doll Conovan
James Whitmore Gus Minissi
Sam Jaffe Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
John McIntire Police Commissioner Hardy
Marc Lawrence Cobby
Barry Kelley Lt. Ditrich
Anthony Caruso Louis Ciavelli
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Huston

Writers

John Huston, Ben Maddow, W.R. Burnett

Cast

Sterling Hayden Dix Handley
Marilyn Monroe Angela Phinlay
Louis Calhern Alonzo D. Emmerich
Jean Hagen Doll Conovan
James Whitmore Gus Minissi
Sam Jaffe Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
John McIntire Police Commissioner Hardy
Marc Lawrence Cobby
Barry Kelley Lt. Ditrich
Anthony Caruso Louis Ciavelli
Teresa Celli Maria Ciavelli
William 'Wee Willie' Davis Timmons (as William Davis)
Dorothy Tree May Emmerich
Brad Dexter Bob Brannom
John Maxwell Dr. Swanson
Gene Evans
Alberto Morin
Pat Flaherty Policeman
Fred Graham Truck Driver
Don Haggerty Det. Andrews

Producers

Editors

George Boemler

1951 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1951 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1951 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1951 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Nominated
1951 Golden Globe Best Director Nominated
1951 Golden Globe Best Screenplay Nominated
1951 Golden Globe Best Cinematography - Black and White Nominated
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