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Thieves' Highway [DVD]

Richard Conte , Valentina Cortese , Jules Dassin    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Producers: Robert Bassler
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ841E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Classic drama based on the novel by A. I. Bezzerides. Former G.I. Nick Garcos (Richard Conte) is a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father, ruthless market operator, Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Along the way he is seduced by siren Rica (Valentina Cortesa) and drawn into the San Francisco produce racket, landing him in a web of treachery and heartbreak.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 40s road flick 4 May 2013
By A. McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I don't want to go over the plot because it's been covered enough but Thieves Highway essentially contains three ingredients. 1. Honesty and hard work vs greed and deception. 2. Romance and 3. Road Action. No 1 - Conte vs Cobb. I have to say in acting ability, Cobb is the outright winner, as he is in any film I've seen him in. (On the Waterfront, and 12 Angry Men etc.). No 2. Romance - Valentina Cortese vs Barbara Lawrence, fairly evenly matched. No 3. Road Action. For me the best bit. Why? Because I love the road scenes which I think make the film. The rickety old relic, (an accident waiting to happen) and the GMC CCKWs (ex-military surplus vehicles) created the right atmosphere. Now for me it's in the same mould as They Drive By Night and Hell Drivers. Which is the best? I'll leave you to decide.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Jules Dassin directed, in my opinion, two great dramas that happened to be crime films, Night and the City (1950) and Rififi (1955). Earlier, he made two near-great crime films, Naked City (1948), a little dated now, and Brute Force (1947). For me, Thieves' Highway (1949) pauses right in the middle, both in terms of the year made and in terms of the success of the story. The movie tells us about Nick Garcos (Richard Conte), who returns home from working at sea with presents for his family and his fiance. He discovers that his father, a long-haul produce trucker, has lost his legs in a trucking accident after delivering tomatoes to produce broker Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb) in San Francisco. It looks like Figlia also stole back the money his father had been paid by Figlia. Nick is determined to settle scores. He sets out with an old-time hauler to deliver apples to Figlia, and plans to do whatever it takes to even things out. It doesn't work out so easily for Nick. The happy ending Darryl F. Zanuck shot and added to the film without Dassin's knowledge doesn't help matters. Zanuck's contribution starts with Nick meeting Figlia in a bar by a highway, a fight and ends with Nick and Rica, a woman he met after his fiance dumped him and who earns her money from men, driving off together. I'm not sure that whatever the original ending was Dassin had in mind would have improved the film. As it is, I think this movie of retribution is masterfully directed, filled with realism, contains several first-rate sequences and is photographed with great style and mood. The truck crashing off the highway, with boxes of apples tumbling off and the apples rolling down the hill toward us is startling. So why don't I like it as much as I think I should? Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone likes apples - Except doctors. 10 May 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Thieves' Highway is directed by Jules Dassin and adapted to screenplay by A. I. Bezzerides from his own novel Thieves' Market. It stars Richard Conte, Valentine Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie and Millard Mitchell. Music is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Norbert Brodine.

A war-veteran returns to the family home to find his father has been left wheelchair bound by a amoral produce dealer in San Francisco. Swearing revenge he sets himself up as a truck driver and heads off to Frisco with a truck load of Golden Delicious apples...

Revenge, hope and desperation drives Dassin's intelligently constructed noir forward. It's a film very much interested in its characterisations as it doles out a deconstruction of the American dream. The familiar noir theme of a returning war-veteran kicks things off, with Nico Garcos (Conte) finding a crippled father and a money hungry bride to be waiting for him; welcome home sailor! From there Dassin and Bezzerides push a revenge theme to the forefront whilst deftly inserting from the sides the devils of greed and corruption of the California produce business.

The trucks journey is brilliantly captured by the makers, both exciting and exuding the menace of the hard slog for truckers. Once Nico and his partner, Ed Kinney (Mitchell), get to Frisco and encounter bully business boy Mike Figlia (Cobb), underhand tactics come seeping out and the appearance of prostitute Rica (Cortese) into Nico's life adds a morally grey area that pings with sharp dialogue exchanges. Real location photography adds to the authentic feel of the story, and cast performances are quite simply excellent across the board.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This *Specific R2 DVD Version...... 23 Nov 2013
This DVD review is specifically for the Region 2 version. It's *DVD CASE has 'Studio Classics' and (in lurid yellow) 'Thieves Highway' written on it's front side. This is a review of the quality of it's picture and soundtrack only.
Whilst the quality cannot, overall, hope to be as good as any restored/re-mastered version, it is most definitely compares very favourably with most other 'Fox' DVD releases in it's 'Studio Classics' series of releases that I've seen so far. It's very good, in fact.
So, marks out of ten? Vision = 7.0 Audio = 7.0 too.
In writing this review I'm pleading also to all customers who write reviews to clearly include and identify in their review the specific DVD/BLU RAY release their review is regarding since 'Amazon' (mostly) put all the different releases together in customers reviews by it's film title/film release year only.
Important also to include a few words about the quality of the soundtrack and picture when actually seen and heard, as I have in this review.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, bad print
As usual, the NTSC print has a much better image video quality than the PAL version, not to mention the extras. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bugzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thieves Highway
I remember this film from many years back.I couldn't remember the title but my friend knew it.. Why don't they do storys like this any more .
Published 13 months ago by MR P W RYAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Noir on the road!
So well-made and acted, it transports you straight to 1940's California...and it's a mean old place. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S Maclennan
2.0 out of 5 stars sometimes you have to realise that a stinker is a stinker
I would like to make clear that I really like film noir and generally enjoy films from this era - the 40`s. I think that Richard Conte was a better than competent actor. Read more
Published 17 months ago by david b
5.0 out of 5 stars Great early Dassin
A good example of the more "realistic" noir coming out of Hollywood in the late 40s, by one of the best directors, the to-be blacklisted Dassin
Published 19 months ago by Freddy Lubin
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't get any better!
Jules Dassin made some truly great films, and this is one of his best! Love this film, and had been looking for a copy at a reasonable price for sometime. Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Captain Kronos
5.0 out of 5 stars Dassin Drama
Really liked this one. Conte is great & his single-mindedness really grabs your attention. Scene of the truck losing control & gaining speed before it crashed looked superb for... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by P. Sabulis
4.0 out of 5 stars "Thieves' Highway (1949) ... Jules Dassin ... Criterion Collection...
The Criterion Collection presents "THIEVES' HIGHWAY" (10 October 1949) (94 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by J. Lovins
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