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The Public Enemy [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In William Wellman's classic crime film THE PUBLIC ENEMY, James Cagney does a star turn as Tom Powers, a trouble-ridden individual who rises from the position of cheap thug to that of a powerful Prohibition gangster. When his best friend is murdered, Powers self-destructively seeks deadly retaliation. He picks fights. He slaps women around. He roughs up speakeasy owners and tells them whom they'll get their hooch from and how much they'll order. Fists, kisses, and guns are the only things Tom knows. He eventually gets promoted to become the muscleman of mobster Nails Nathan (Leslie Fenton). But Tom's violent acts are about to catch up with him. After Tom guns down a cop, he's on the run. Later, thugs dump him, beaten, on the doorstep of his estranged and horrified family. It's only then that Tom realizes his decision to live the gangster life has been an irrevocable and deadly choice. Known as the picture that launched Cagney into stardom, THE PUBLIC ENEMY doesn't hold back from exposing the violence and tedium underscoring this ostensibly sexy life of crime. The screenplay, based on a story entitled BEER AND BLOOD by John Bright and written by Harvey F. Thew, was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66906

  • Credits
    James Cagney, Jimmy Cagney, Jean Harlow, Harlean Carpenter, Eddie Woods, Beryl Mercer, Joan Blondell, Donald Cook, Mae Clarke, Leslie Fenton
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Cagney is magnificent, totally dominating the screen..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "[S]eductively enthralling..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[Cagney] became a sensation with his searing performance as the streetwise gangster Tom Powers in this William Wellman classic."
    Los Angeles Times

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