Written June 12, 2009
John Huston's ASPHALT JUNGLE may seem a tad dated now, but it still packs a wallop being one of the first crime dramas (to come from MGM no less!) that attempted to deal with the genre in a realistic manner. Sterling Hayden heads an A-list roster of terrific character actors playing a group of desperate men trying to organize a jewelry heist that naturally goes horribly awry. Marilyn Monroe makes her first notable appearance as wealthy socialite's mistress and Jean Hagen plays damaged woman with a past clinging to Hayden till the bitter end. Taut direction and splendid location filming make the film a gripping forerunner of this type of raw depiction of the underbelly of the crime world.
Written April 11, 2016
Another great film directed by John Huston and with superb actors in a film that holds your total attention for it's entirety. In black and white and introducing Marilyn Monroe, this spell-binding story of a crime that unravels is a Classic. It is on my 100 Best Films ever list. Not for those under 17.