Thieves' Highway Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Joseph Pevney, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell

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THIEVES' HIGHWAY is a movie directed by Jules Dassin in 1949.

When Nick Garcos comes back home after WWII, he finds his father Yanko sitting in a wheelchair. Yanko had a truck accident while driving home from San Francisco after having sold a lading of fruits to Mike Figlia. No money was found on him. Nick is sure that Figlia is responsible for his father's accident.
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Nick teams up with Ed Prentiss in order to get a load of the first golden apples of the season to San Francisco, a merchandise Mike Figlia is sure to die for. After a painful 400 miles journey without sleeping, Nick arrives in San Francisco and goes straight to Figlia's office. Figlia notices Nick's weariness and asks Rica, a local Italian easy girl, to flirt with Nick and put him to bed. In the meantime, Figlia starts to sell Nick's merchandise. But Rica falls in love with Nick and wakes him up so that he's able to stop Figlia's swindling.

Figlia is compelled to give the $4,000 dollars he had cashed in to Nick who thinks he's even with Figlia now. After having celebrated with Rica this success, Nick is attacked by two of Figlia's men who steal his money.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   chasing money/treasure

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   San Francisco

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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