The Asphalt Jungle
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The Asphalt Jungle -- Classy crime caper in which an aging criminal mastermind (Sam Jaffe) assembles a gang of specialized talents (notably Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern and James Whitmore) to pull off a million-dollar jewelry heist. Director and co-writer John Huston follows the crooks as they plan the robbery, carry it out and suffer the consequences, but the focus is less on the crime than the characters, especially Calhern's corrupt lawyer with a weakness for blondes (notably Marilyn Monroe) and Hayden's bitter gunman with a yen to own a Kentucky horse farm. Stylized violence, menacing situations and sexual innuendo. (A-III) (br) (1950)
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The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.