The Criminal

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The Criminal
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Directed by Joseph Losey
Produced by Nat Cohen
Starring Stanley Baker
Sam Wanamaker
Grégoire Aslan
Music by John Dankworth
Cinematography Robert Krasker
Edited by Reginald Mills
Release date
Running time
97 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Criminal is a 1960 British drama film produced by Nat Cohen and directed by Joseph Losey, starring Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker and Jill Bennett.

Baker plays an ex-con who takes part in the robbery of a racetrack and is caught and sent back to prison. The film depicts a harsh and violent portrayal of prison life that led to the film being banned in several countries, including Finland.

It was released in the United States as The Concrete Jungle.



Joe Losey said he was handed a ready-made script. "It was a concoction of all the prison films Hollywood ever made," he said. "Both Stanley Baker and I refused to work until they let us write our own script. Which is what we did."[1] He says the producers wanted a sequence where the criminals rob a race track but he felt that had been done in The Killing (1956) so he filmed it taking place off screen.


According to Losey the film was a commercial success. He said the film was banned in Ireland because so many of the prisoners were Irish Catholics.[1]

The film was reportedly very successful in Paris.[2]


  1. ^ a b FILM CRAFT: Joseph Losey talks to Peter Lennon The Guardian (1959-2003); London (UK) [London (UK)]09 July 1962: 5.
  2. ^ EXPATRIATE RETRACES HIS STEPS: Joseph Losey Changes Direction With His British 'Servant' By EUGENE ARCHER. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]15 Mar 1964: X9.

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