Public Enemy 2003 Subtitles

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James Cagney gives a tour-de-force performance in his tough-guy portrayal of a petty hoodlum who rises to big-time gangster.

Starring:
James Cagney,Jean Harlow
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director William A. Wellman
Starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow
Supporting actors Joan Blondell, Donald Cook, Leslie Fenton, Beryl Mercer, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Murray Kinnell
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By morganmooney@hotmail.com on 17 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is nearly 70 years old!!Just think about that for a second.When the word timeless was invented it was ,made to be used with works of art like this.Basically a morality tale of a life of crime "The Public Enemy" shows us Tom Powers a young boy from Chicago and the events leading up to his life of crime.Cagney's Tom Powers is a vicious low life thug,but again he loves his mama!Tom Power really has no redemming features, he seeks revenge when Putty Nose a slimely lowlife when Putty crosses him.Doesn't take any crap from the owners of the speakeasys when they don't pay up on time or accept his orders.He squashes a grapefruit into his girlfriends face when she suggest that he doesn't like her anymore(a Cagney improvisation again, the scene was already shot but Cagney asked Mae Clarke to come back and try it with the grapefruit being squashed in her face,both were surprised to find the second shot ending up in the finished film.Cagney would forever be offered grapefruit when he went into restraunts after the film.)Even though Tom is a low-life Cagney plays him so well that you can't but end up loving him in the end.This film rocketed Cagney into the limelight, the depression era crowd loved him as a man who would stand up for himself and not be broken by the system.Only one other gangster movie of this era can match "The Public Enemy" and thats "Scarface"(not the Al Pacino version),anothe interesting fact is that the machine gun attack on Cagney and his best friend Matt Doyle actually used real machine gun bullets!! The chunks of the building that are seen flying out when the bullets hit it was real!!None of your nambypamby special Matix effects here!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Israel Iskowitz on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Considering its age, this film has scrubbed up very nicely for this DVD re-issue, with sharp images and good sound.
The great James Cagney plays Tom Powers, a streetwise hood with no regard for man, woman or beast, in what was to be the first of a series of leading roles in which he portrayed a variety of tough guys and gangsters. His performance is brilliant in conveying the sort of charisma that enables this type of character to attract a following amongst other lowlifes and criminals without suggesting, however, that Tom Powers is anything other than a sordid, selfish little hoodlum.
Although one or two of the older supporting actors in the cast still adopt a rather stilted delivery of their lines, which must have been a remnant of earlier days in the theatre, most of the cast play their parts in a colloquial manner and this movie is as watchable today, and its message as relevant, as it must have been almost eighty years ago.
The disc extras include an interesting running commentary on the film by Robert Sklar,contemporary newsreels,and a featurette entitled Enemies of the Public.
Warmly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alanf1135 on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Public Enemy is a white-hot film that is as instense as any recent Hollywood crime thriller. This is in no doubt due to James Cagney charismatic riviting performance, he dominates every scene and always throws you out with an unexpected action or gesture as was shown with the famous grapefruit scene.
In terms of performances that grab you and won't let you go like this one, of today's actors, only Ray Loitta and Robert De Niro are capable doing this.
I also feel that what made this film great was what was not shown.
You never saw James Cagney inside the building having a shootout with half a dozen of the rival gang or him being tortured at the end, it was what was implied that made it all that more powerful.
This may have been made in 1931 but it as just as fresh and exciting as anything made today.
Tremendous!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on 2 Sept. 2012
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Released the same year as the dull Little Caesar, The Public Enemy is the total opposite it has fast-paced plot, gripping storyline and brilliant direction from A star director William A. Wellman (Beau Geste, Battleground). The films follows Tom Powers (James Cagney in his first and best gangster role) as he starts as small kid growing up to big time gangster and his buddy as they rob things from shops and sell them on the criminal market to thriving when Prohibition comes in. Cagney captures the role of a violent and top of the world gangster who gets what he wants, he has that violent compelling charisma apparent in some many of his films: Kiss Tommorow Goodbye, White Heat and Angels with Dirty Faces. Also Donald Cook plays Mike, Tom's straight-laced brother who does the exact opposite of Tom and acts as the voice of law in the film if slightly in your face goody he is still necessary to show the path of goodness even though I was rooting for Cagney's character. Wellman boasts some powerful affective scenes such as one scene where Tom drenched by rain and the ending which still has the power to shock. This is brilliant gangster film and much better than Little Caesar (1931) which features Edward G Robinson with as much charisma as quacking duck; he could never hold a candle to Cagney's raw energy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
A must see for all lovers of classic gangster films. Released at about the same time as Little Caesar, this is a tough, uncompromising look at the life of a bootlegger, through a formative childhood and into an adulthood full of danger and big rewards for the survivors. It also features a tough, uncompromising, charismatic and career defining performance from a young James Cagney in his breakthrough film.

It tells the story of Tom Powers, born into a poor but respectable family. Episodes from his childhood show him to be a tearaway, and inevitably he turns to a life of crime. Being an enforcer for a local bootlegger gives his psychotic side full reign, and soon he is a rich man. Then things start to go wrong and a gang war leaves a lot of his friends dead. Powers sets out on a mission of retribution that can only have one end.

Framed as a moral tale, suggesting that people like Powers are the enemy of law abiding decent folks but that their end is inevitable, it is an interesting film on many levels. First and foremost though it is an entertainment, we cannot help but be thrilled as Powers lurches from one escapade to the next, driven to disaster by his own self destructive egotistical streak. Cagney gives the performance his all, and imbues the character with a magnetic charm and a real feeling of glowering menace. We never know just when he will erupt into violence. It made his career, and rightly so.

Released in 1931 it is hard to believe that this was right at the start of the talkies. The dialogue is accomplished from both writers and actors. There is very little of the overdone facial acting that crops up in a lot of early talkies as a hangover from the days of silent cinema.
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