The Public Enemy
Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But when one of their colleagues dies in a freak accident, a rival bootlegging faction senses weakness among Tom and Matt's gang...
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Arizona Daily Star
January 20, 2006 The film set the template for the likes of "Scarface" and "GoodFellas."Read in Source
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2007 The film's juiciest scene has the misogynist Tom squeeze a half a grapefruit in his nagging girlfriend Kitty's (Mae Clarke) kisser.Read in Source
February 09, 2006 Cagney's energy and Wellman's gutsy direction carry the day, counteracting the moralistic sentimentality of the script and indelibly etching the star on the memory as a definitive gangster hero.Read in Source
July 05, 2009 Crime may not pay, but The Public Enemy was one of the first pictures to recognize that it sure can be exciting to watch.
August 12, 2011 This early sound film, which made a star of James Cagney, remains one of the most influential crime-gangster films ever made, establishing the basic narrative format of the popular genre.Read in Source
October 30, 2007 Still a classic of the gangster genre, showing neither glorifying the life nor pulling its punches.Read in Source
January 01, 2000 James Cagney's portrayal of a bootlegging runt is truly electrifying (he'd made five films, but this one made him a star), and Jean Harlow makes the tartiest tart imaginable.Read in Source
October 30, 2007 There's no lace on this picture. It's raw and brutal. It's low-brow material given such workmanship as to make it high-brow.Read in Source
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 14, 2016 In spite of woodenness, creakiness in plot, and unintentional humor in printed piety, ' The Public Enemy,' a film of its time, was a sensation at that time, and is still not to be missed today.Read in Source
April 09, 2006 Its success proved, if by then there was any doubt, that audiences will go for a charismatic lowlife over a dull hero any day of the week, a lesson Hollywood never forgot.Read in Source
Country: United States
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
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