Thieves' Highway

Thieves' Highway

DVD - 2005
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Ex-G.I. Nick Garcos is a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father, a ruthless market operator by the name of Mike Figlia. Along the way, he is seduced by the siren Rica and drawn into the San Francisco produce racket, landing him in a web of treachery and heartbreak.
Publisher: Irvington, NY :, Criterion Collection,, [2005, c1949]
Edition: Special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005, c1949
ISBN: 9781559409513
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + leaflet.
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Nov 16, 2017

Dark, hard-hitting films of the 40s and 50s are my favorites, and I like TH better than almost any of them. It's usually called noir, but the themes are unusual for noir, bigger, too. Very moving tale involving war vets and immigrants, and the dangerous work they must do just to survive. And there's always a crook waiting to take it all away.
Simply fantastic performances, and Dassin's hysterical style works great here - especially at the end, where Conte finally detonates on Lee J Cobb.

Apr 04, 2017

Not quite sombre enough to wear the noir moniker comfortably, Jules Dassin’s quintessentially American melodrama pitting good against evil under dark California skies is less of a crime thriller—the police make only a cursory appearance—than it is a noble quest with Conte's rickety flatbed standing in for a white steed, a fuming Cobb doing a fine dragon imitation, and Cortese’s resourceful streetwalker a not quite distressed damsel. Comedy great Jack Oakie is perfectly cast as a gruff trucker with a conscience, his lovable mug adding a touch of humanity to all those archetypes. The action is sometimes stilted, the dialogue ranges from ad-libbed naturalism to genre clichés, but the moral fine points are left appropriately grey and the wholly predictable ending makes you smile just the same. Very watchable.

ChampionMDR Aug 16, 2015

Good, tough guy flick with Nick Conte , Lee J Cobb & a number of well known character actors.

aaa5756 Mar 01, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.


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