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Director  Jules Dassin
Screenplay  A. I. Bezzerides
Country  United States
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Duration  
Language  English
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Release date  October 10, 1949 (1949-10-10) (United States)
Based on  the novel Thieves Market  by A. I. Bezzerides
Writer  A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), A.I. Bezzerides (novel)
Initial release  September 20, 1949 (Los Angeles)
Music director  Alfred Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge
Cast  Richard Conte (Nick Garcos), Valentina Cortese (Rica), Lee J. Cobb (Mike Figlia), Barbara Lawrence (Polly Faber), Jack Oakie (Slob), Millard Mitchell (Ed Kinney)
Similar movies  Hell Drivers, The Asphalt Jungle, Out of the Past, Double Indemnity, Detour, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Tagline  You Need a Friend, Strong Man, - And I'm Friendly!

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Thieves' Highway is a 1949 film noir directed by Jules Dassin. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides, based on his novel Thieves' Market.

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Plot

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A war-veteran-turned-truck driver Nico "Nick" Garcos (Richard Conte) arrives at home to find that his foreign-born father, a fruit farmer, has lost his legs and was forced to sell his truck. He learns that his father was crippled at the hands of an unscrupulous produce dealer in San Francisco, Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Garcos vows revenge.

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Garcos goes into business with Ed Kinney, who bought the Garcos truck, and drives a truckload of apples to San Francisco, where he runs into Figlia. With the help of other drivers and a streetwalker (Valentina Cortese), he defeats Figlia and restores his family honor.

Cast

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  • Richard Conte as Nico "Nick" Garcos
  • Valentina Cortese as Rica
  • Lee J. Cobb as Mike Figlia
  • Barbara Lawrence as Polly Faber
  • Jack Oakie as Slob
  • Millard Mitchell as Ed Kinney
  • Joseph Pevney as Pete
  • Morris Carnovsky as Yanko Garcos
  • Tamara Shayne as Parthena Garcos
  • Kasia Orzazewski as Mrs. Polansky
  • Norbert Schiller as Mr. Polansky
  • Hope Emerson as Midge, a buyer
  • Background

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    Dana Andrews and Victor Mature were originally announced for the lead.

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    The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and is noted for its accurate depiction of the vibrant fruit and produce market in that city (and the use of extras who worked at the market). The film was released on DVD as part of the Criterion Collection in 2005.

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    The outdoor Fruit Market scenes were shot in the Oakland Produce Market area on 3rd street. Several indoor and street shots were also made in that locale. The story discusses San Francisco, and does feature the city, but the majority of scenes were in the actual Produce Market in Oakland (now the Warehouse district).


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    References

    Thieves' Highway Wikipedia
    Thieves Highway IMDb Thieves Highway themoviedb.org


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