Thieves' Highway [DVD] 
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Thieves’ Highway is set in the world of "long-haul boys" who drive by night to bring their goods to the markets of America’s cities. Ex-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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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.Read more ›
Some tense scenes between Conte and Cobb, doesn't get any better than this with two pro-actors trading jabs.
A classic noir from Dassin!
Under the production staff of:
Jules Dassin [Director]
A.I. Bezzerides [Novel & Screenplay]
Robert Bassler [Producer]
Alfred Newman [Original Score]
Norbert Brodine [Cincmatographer]
Nick DeMaggio [Film Editor]
1. Jules Dassin [Director]
Date of Birth: 18 December 1911 - Middletown, Connecticut
Date of Death: 31 March 2008 - Athens, Greece
2. Richard Conte
Date of Birth: 24 March 1910 - Jersey City, New Jersey
Date of Death: 15 April 1975 - Los Angeles, California
3. Lee J. Cobb [aka: Leo Jacoby]
Date of Birth: 8 December 1911 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 11 February 1976 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
the cast includes:
Richard Conte ... [Nick Garcos]
Valentina Cortese ... [Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)]
Lee J. Cobb ... [Mike Figlia]
Barbara Lawrence ... [Polly Faber]
Jack Oakie ... [Slob]
Millard Mitchell ... [Ed Kinney]
SPECIAL FEATURES [BONUS]:
1. New, restored high-definition digital transfer
2. Audio commentary by Alain Silver, editor of Film Noir Reader and author of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
3. New video interview with Jules Dassin
4.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A vividly realised early Dassin which for 99% of the time is a great, brutal and even frightening film. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mario
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. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2013 by moviewise1
As usual, the NTSC print has a much better image video quality than the PAL version, not to mention the extras. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2013 by bugzzy
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 on 31 May 2013 by MR P W RYAN
So well-made and acted, it transports you straight to 1940's California...and it's a mean old place. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by S Maclennan