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The Asphalt Jungle

  NR Closed Captioning

John Huston

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About the Movie

Led by an aging professional, a gang of thieves discover betrayal and death following a successful jewel heist. Directed by Academy Award- winner John Huston ("The African Queen," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"), this classic crime thriller stars Sterling Hadyn ("Dr. Strangelove," "The Godfather") and Oscar-nominees Louis Calhern ("The Prisoner of Zenda") and Jean Hagen ("Singin' in the Rain"). With beautiful Marilyn Monroe ("Some Like It Hot," "The Seven Year Itch") as a mobster's mistress. Considered by many as the greatest crime film ever produced, it was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Director and Screenplay. Since its release, it has been remade three times and its realistic storyline copied in dozens of films.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Paul Arendt,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Andrew Pulver, Guardian, Mar 24, 2008

Fresh: John Huston's greatest noir thriller. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Gang Movie

This is a good old-fashion gang movie. It is quiet suspenseful and intriguing film that has been abandoned by history and it is very interesting to watch Marilyn, since it is one of her first times on film. Just to warn future viewers!! Marilyn has a very short part, so if you purchase this movie just to watch her, you might be disappointed. Hopefully iTunes will post more of her movies soon!!

The Asphalt Jungle

One of the top noir films of all time. An unlucky small-timer tangles with corruption, crooks, and dames in a stylishly rotten, expertly lit and composed environment. Director John Huston crammed in all the crooked angles, long shots, and creepy shadows a noir aesthete could ever want. Sterling Hayden was never more hunky, nor more doomed.

You'll be left dazzled and depressed by the beautiful bitterness of this masterpiece. Perfection.

Underworld uncovered

This movie reminds me of Fritz Lang's 1931 movie M in its portrayal of the relationship between criminals and the police, two sides of a shared story. The Asphalt Jungle shows how criminals operate as a society, with its own rules and code of conduct. As with any group, things fall apart when individuals fail to live by agreed upon norms.

The Asphalt Jungle
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1950

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