directed by John Huston
. The caper film is based on the 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".
The criminal mastermind Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider is out of prison.
Experience has taught me never to trust a policeman. Just when you think one's all right, he turns legit.
One way or another, we all work for our vice.
Everything is here, from the observed routine of the personnel to the alarm system, the types of locks on the doors, the aging condition of the main safe, and so forth and so forth. Take my word for it, Mr. Emmerich, this is a ripe plum ready to fall...Perhaps you know my reputation. I've engineered some very big things.
They'll be paid off like house painters - they'll be told nothing about the size of the take. Sometimes, men get greedy.
Oh, I suppose a fellow should stick to his own trade, but uh, I know some pretty big men around here that might not be averse to a deal like this - if they're properly approached. Highly respectable men, I might add...It might mean a lot more money for all of us.
They'll listen to reason. This is a very bad jolt for them. And it's possible they'll be willing to buy the jewels back, no questions asked, for as high as twenty-five percent of what they're worth.
I haven't carried a gun since my twenties. You carry a gun, you shoot a policeman. Bad rap, hard to beat. You don't carry a gun, you give up when they hold one on you.
Why don't you quit cryin' and get me some bourbon?
Are you a man, or what? Trying to gyp and double-cross with no guts for it. What's inside of you? What's keeping you alive?