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The Public EnemyTwo 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...
Actors of "The Public Enemy"
Characters of "The Public Enemy"
Directors of "The Public Enemy"William A. WellmanBirthdate: 29 February 1896, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Creators of "The Public Enemy"Kubec GlasmonBirthdate: 12 August 1897, Raciaz, PolandJohn BrightBirthdate: 1 January 1908, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Public Enemy"VarietyOctober 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.Time OutFebruary 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.Chicago ReaderJanuary 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.ReelTalk Movie ReviewsJanuary 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.EmanuelLevy.ComAugust 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.LarsenOnFilmJuly 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.Video-Reviewmaster.comMarch 02, 2008
Top notch Cagney gangster flick with memorable final scene.Ozus' World Movie ReviewsDecember 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.Empire MagazineOctober 30, 2007
Still a classic of the gangster genre, showing neither glorifying the life nor pulling its punches.DVDJournal.comApril 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.Arkansas Democrat-GazetteFebruary 20, 2006
The implication is that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of guys like Tom Powers, little criminals living fast and dying hard.Arizona Daily StarJanuary 20, 2006
The film set the template for the likes of "Scarface" and "GoodFellas."
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