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Thieves’ Highway

Jules Dassin

 
Thieves’ Highway (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1949
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #273

Thieves’ Highway vividly depicts the perilous world of “long-haul boys,” who drive by night to bring their goods to the markets of America’s cities. Richard Conte stars as ex-G.I. Nick Garcos, a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father—ruthless market operator Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). But when Figlia gets wise to his plan, Nick finds himself in a web of treachery and heartbreak. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this searing melodrama from master Jules Dassin.

Credits

DirectorJules Dassin
ScreenplayA.I. Bezzerides
MusicAlfred Newman
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
EditingNick DeMaggio
Based on the novel “Thieves' Market” byA.I. Bezzerides

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by Alain Silver, editor of Film Noir Reader and author of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
  • New video interview with Jules Dassin
  • Trailer for The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides (2004), a new documentary on Bezzerides, author of the screenplay for Thieves’ Highway and the novel on which it was based
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Plus: a new essay by film critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Thieves’ Highway: Dangerous Fruit

By Michael Sragow January 31, 2005

Like the movie’s rattletrap trucks lurching down the highway as they carry way-too-heavy loads, the characters in Jules Dassin’s brilliantly volatile Thieves’ Highway struggle under . . . Read more »

On Five

Jules Dassin, 1911–2008

By Issa Clubb April 01, 2008

As a generation of artists passes, the deaths often seem to come eerily close together, amplifying their individual achievements. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve lost The Naked City . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Thieves’ Highway: Dangerous Fruit

By Michael Sragow January 31, 2005

Like the movie’s rattletrap trucks lurching down the highway as they carry way-too-heavy loads, the characters in Jules Dassin’s brilliantly volatile Thieves’ Highway struggle under . . . Read more »

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