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The Asphalt Jungle

Released 1950
Distributor MGM

The King of Noirs. John Huston’s powerful adaptation of W.R. Burnett’s heist novel benefits from top-notch performances by a perfectly cast ensemble and Ben Maddow’s terrific adaptation. You can bet Kubrick saw this several times before making The Killing.

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About Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.