Thieves' Highway

Synopsis: The soldier Nick Garcos returns back home from the war very happy with gifts for his parents Yanko and Parthena Garcos and money in his pocket to open a business and get married with his girlfriend Polly Faber. Out of blue, Nick realizes that his father lost both legs and Yanko, who was a truck driver, tells that he was cheated by the dealer Mike Figlia in the San Francisco's market when he delivered a truckload of tomatoes and was not paid. He believes that his accident was provoked by Figlia's gangsters. He also tells that he sold the truck to a driver named Ed Kinney that has not paid him. Nick meets Ed and tells that he will bring the truck back, but Ed proposes a deal with apples, where they may earn a great amount. Nick invests his savings in another truck and buys apples from a Polish farmer. They need to drive directly to the market in San Francisco without sleeping to keep the fruits fresh, but Ed's truck has problem on its axle and Nick arrives first. Mike Figlia hires the It
Director(s): Jules Dassin
Production: Criterion Collection
 
IMDB:
7.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
NOT RATED
Year:
1949
94 min
37 Views


- I never forget.

- The lawyer got in touch with Figlia.

- Two witnesses say he pay.

I say, he no pay!

All right, Ma.

Leave him alone.

Polly, I'll see you tonight

after you get home from work.

Sure, Nicky.

So long.

Pop, those two witnesses...

- did they work for Mike Figlia?

- Yeah.

They big crook, too.

They big liars.

- He's right, Mom. He never got paid.

- Uh-huh. Yeah.

They just got him drunk,

put him in his truck and sent him home.

On the way,

he probably fell asleep at the wheel.

Where's the truck?

Insurance company fix.

I got no legs. I don't need it.

I sell it to trucker

named Ed Kinney.

Ed Kinney, he don't pay no money.

Just take the truck and give promise.

Ah, you're doing good all around, ain't you, Pop?

- Where's this guy live?

- Why, Nico?

I'm gonna get that truck, go up to San Francisco

and gouge your money...

- out of Mike Figlia's carcass.

- Is no use, Nico.

I wanna see Figlia, Mom.

Where's the truck?

Uh, maybe Mom is right, Nico.

Maybe Figlia pay.

Maybe somebody steal money from truck

after I have accident.

Where does Kinney live?

1600 block, Elm Street.

But you leave

Ed Kinney alone.

He know more about crop

than anybody in state.

He pay me.

You're a pushover, Pop.

Hey, Get-Rich-Quick, somebody to see ya.

- Tell him I'm busy.

- He says he can't see ya.

- Tell him I can see him.

- Better come out, honey.

Looks like the man's gonna stay.

- Yeah?

- My name's Nick Garcos.

You haven't kept up the payments,

so I'm takin' the truck back.

- You don't have to do that. I'll pay.

- When?

Day after tomorrow,

all the money I owe in one lump.

And a box of cigars

for your old man.

My old man falls for that stuff, but not me.

Where are the keys?

Tell him I need the truck.

I got a big haul coming up.

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