Thieves' Highway (1949)
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The story of a brazen chump.
This is a really interesting hidden gem of a film, with a common theme (betrayal and redemption) deftly woven into a unique storyline about cutthroat produce merchants. Imagine Wages of Fear, but with apples instead of nitroglycerine (Wages of Apples?), and some elements of film noir thrown in for good measure. "Figlia" - the ultimate ruthless businessman - is a wonderful character you'll love to hate. My only quibble is with the too-swift, extra-happy ending.
The brutal tragedy of simple and honest people. Harsh realism.
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This movie ranks #63 in TSPDT's 100 Essential Noir Films
This movie ranks #63 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #296 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #297 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #611 in Doubling the Canon