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      The Concrete Jungle

      1960 1h 37m Crime Drama List
      86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 59% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The mastermind (Stanley Baker) of a racetrack robbery escapes from prison to the loot and is double-crossed by his gang. Read More Read Less

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      Richard Roud Sight & Sound Not a shot is wasted, [Losey's] control over his material, his actors, and his visuals is more rigorous and more strikingly personal than before. In The Criminal he has at last fought his way to the top. Jan 11, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell A cold-hearted portrait of the consequences reaped from hot-blooded follies. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 31, 2020 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film Even though the physical violence is kept to a minimum, Losey uses the sound of a riot to help feed the mounting oppression, mirroring the psychological turmoil within Bannion himself. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 3, 2019 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Neither a dynamic central performance, nor a director and script-writer of individual talent, can conceal the frayed conventions of a story-line largely irrelevant to this film's main purpose. Jan 29, 2018 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Losey is an incomparable engineer of frenzy Oct 4, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 22, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      paul d The Criminal, aka The Concrete Jungle, is a tense, mesmerizing British crime drama from Joseph Losey in 1960. It has a very gritty, genuine feel. The excellent cinematography is lean and economic, with the camera capturing lots of details and transmitting tremendous emotion. The movie does fall down a bit on several counts, with the slightly overwrought acting and a rather contrived and hurried ending that doesn't match the quality of the first three quarters of the movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is really fucking good. The directorial decisions by Josephy Losey is really what makes this film stand out. The riot prison scene is fantastic with some great cinematography. Stanley Baker does a good job in this role, but this is really Losey's film. The ending of this movie may just be one of my favoirtes of all time. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member If this film had laughs, it'd be like an Ealing comedy. I mean that in a good way. Stanley Baker is rather ruddy awesome, and the direction's lovely. Story's fairly average, however, but that direction and the performances make it worth watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member i like stanley baker and this is a showcase for him as a tough loner who is outmaneuvered by a criminal gang. most of it takes place in prison where he is quite at ease as a top dog. then he's released and pulls a robbery with some associates and everything starts to come apart. losey throws u in the midst and at times it's hard to get your bearings but stay with it for the great final scene Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Only the second movie of Joseph Losey that I've seen and now I can honestly say I want to see more movies from him. This one surely isn't as good as 'The Servant' but I didn't expect it to be. The story seems standard but the way it is shot certainly is not. It has a fast pace and the 97 minutes are over before you know it. There's a bit of humor in it as well, from the 'knick knack paddy whack' at the beginning to the scene with the piano tuner. A rather dark picture is painted from the prison life, where guards and prisoners would rat on anybody for the right price. In that aspect, Patrick Magee was great as the sarcastic 'Barrows' who had seen it all before. Stanley Baker was more than average in the leading role, and so was Margit Saad as 'Suzanne'. In the first 45 minutes there isn't a whole lot of action but when the violence is shown, it's rough and not romanticized at all. 3,5* Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member With its vision of the British prison system as a Hellish melting pot of all persuasions - Irish, Australian, Italians, West Indians, the mentally disturbed - and where the guards don't only turn a blind eye to vicious beatings but even facilitate them, this is a gritty Joseph Losey directed film full of memorable moments and features a great lead performance by Stanley Baker. The supporting cast is impressive, offering a virtual who's who of perfectly cast 60s British character actors. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The mastermind (Stanley Baker) of a racetrack robbery escapes from prison to the loot and is double-crossed by his gang.
      Joseph Losey
      Jack Greenwood
      Alun Owen
      Production Co
      Merton Park Studios Ltd
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      1h 37m