Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) (1961)




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An ex-con who's taken part in the robbery of a racetrack is caught and sent back to prison, but he won't tell his fellow gang members where he's stashed the loot. The gang kidnaps his girlfriend and has him tortured in prison in an effort to find out where the money is.


Stanley Baker
as Johnny Bannion
Sam Wanamaker
as Mike Carter
Grégoire Aslan
as Frank Saffron
Margit Saad
as Suzanne
Rupert Davies
as Mr. Edwards
Noel Willman
as Prison Governor
Redmond Phillips
as Prison Doctor
Patrick Magee
as Chief Warden Barrows
Brian Phelan
as Pauly Larkin
Paul Stassino
as Alfredo Fanucci
Jerold Wells
as Warder Brown
Tom Bell
as Flynn
Larry Taylor
as Charles
Victor Beaumont
as Men at Party
R.S.M. Brittain
as Kitchen Warder
Sydney Bromley
as Frightened Prisoner
Roy Dotrice
as Nicholls
Richard Shaw
as Warder in Van
Tom Gerrard
as Quantock
Thomas Eytle
as West Indian Prisoner
Dickie Owen
as 1st Man in Prison
Edward Judd
as Young warder
Charles Lamb
as Mr. Able
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Critic Reviews for Concrete Jungle (The Criminal)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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.

January 11, 2020 | Full Review…

A cold-hearted portrait of the consequences reaped from hot-blooded follies.

July 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Losey is an incomparable engineer of frenzy

October 4, 2009 | Full Review…

Losey does an excellent job of depicting the brutality of both prison life and the British underworld.

March 10, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Concrete Jungle (The Criminal)


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

Stella Dallas
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