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Film: The Asphalt Jungle
"Crime is only...a left-handed form of human endeavor."
Alonzo Emmerich

The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 Caper crime drama directed by John Huston. It was the first major example of this trope while simultaneously being a deconstruction of it.

After getting out of prison, Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider goes to Cobby, a bookie, with an idea for a diamond heist. Cobby puts him in touch with Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, who agrees to front Doc and his crew in the heist, who eventually include Dix, a "hooligan" who's been in and out of prison, his friend Gus, who runs a diner, and Louis, a safe-cracker. What none of them know is Emmerich, who has money troubles, is looking to double-cross the gang by taking the diamonds for himself.

A solid (though not spectacular) hit when it was first released, Huston's film is now considered one of the classics in its genre, and one of the most influential.

This film contains examples of:

Annie Get Your GunFilms of the 1950sBorn Yesterday
White HeatFilm NoirIn A Lonely Place

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