Jules Dassin

Thieves’ Highway

Thieves’ Highway

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.

Film Info

  • Jules Dassin
  • United States
  • 1949
  • 94 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #273

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Thieves’ Highway
Cast
Richard Conte
Nick Garcos
Valentina Cortese
Rica
Lee J. Cobb
Mike Figlia
Barbara Lawrence
Polly Faber
Jack Oakie
Slob
Millard Mitchell
Ed Prentiss
Joseph Pevney
Pete
Credits
Director
Jules Dassin
Screenplay
A.I. Bezzerides
Music
Alfred Newman
Cinematography
Norbert Brodine
Editing
Nick DeMaggio
Based on the novel “Thieves' Market” by
A.I. Bezzerides

From The Current

Jules Dassin, 1911–2008
Thieves’ Highway: Dangerous Fruit

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 psychological and moral baggage until they can lay their burde…

By Michael Sragow