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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 82
Notable as: Film noir, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Film noir, Thriller, Crime Fiction, DramaRuntime: 112 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: English, GermanCountry: United StatesDirector: John HustonScreenwriter: Ben Maddow, John HustonMusic: Miklós RózsaCinematography: Harold RossonStars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Marilyn Monroe, Alberto Morin, Anthony Caruso Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Harold Rosson)
Academy Award for Best Director (John Huston)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sam Jaffe)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Ben Maddow, John Huston)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett and stars an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, Sam Jaffe, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore, and, in a minor but key role, Marilyn Monroe, an unknown at the time who was pictured but not mentioned on the posters. The film tells the story of a group of men planning and executing a jewel robbery. It was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 2008, The Asphalt Jungle was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


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