Seminal Image #455

The Asphalt Jungle
(John Huston; 1950)


Vanwall said...

Poor Doc, done in by his fatal flaw. Nowadays, he could just rent some anime for the road, and save himself some trouble, or at least until he latched on to those Mexican girls.

Overall - What a movie! Very close to the book, in contrast to the usual H'wood treatment, and fairly adult for the period. Doc, Dix and the rest were totally believable, and the plot was not only well paced, it was much more realistic than many others of that genre. It had crackling dialogue, the heist was awesome in its portrayal of criminal professionalism, and the acting was top-notch - for many, it was their finest work, IMHO. Damn, I love this film!

And the icing - it has the Monroe I prefer to remember - she had an innocence then that was never captured quite like it again, and she was heartbreakingly stunning to behold. "Yipes!" said Angela.

Flickhead said...

There was a Village Voice column in which Andrew Sarris related the story of showing The Asphalt Jungle to his students.

Whenever Sterling Hayden's Dix barked, "Don't bone me," the class cracked up. Sarris had no idea of what they were laughing at.

Poor Andrew had to ask them to explain. Dix. Bone. It made me wonder how much other nuance sailed over his head all those years.