Public Enemy

Cagney, James

SKU: 883929282609

UPC 883929282609
Release Date 2013-05-21
Studio Warner Home Video
Discs 1
Length 84
Format B&W
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis 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.PUBLIC ENEMY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998. This is the famed gangster tale in which Cagney pushes a grapefruit into Mae Clark's face. In the second show of THE SOPRANOS third season, Tony Soprano watched THE PUBLIC ENEMY, taken with the relationship between the gangster and his mother.Tom Powers enjoys proving to others why he is the Prohibition era's public enemy number one. But things are about to change....Cagney is magnificent, totally dominating the screen... -- 4 out of 5 starsI ain't so tough.--Tom Powers (James Cagney)[S]eductively enthralling...[Cagney] became a sensation with his searing performance as the streetwise gangster Tom Powers in this William Wellman classic.
Cast Edward Woods (Star)
Donald Cook (Star)
Leslie Fenton (Star)
Max Parker (Production Designer)
David Mendoza (Composer)
Beryl Mercer (Star)
Jean Harlow (Star)
Mae Clarke (Star)
Joan Blondell (Star)
Kubec Glasmon (Writer)
Darryl F. Zanuck (Producer)
William Wellman (Director)
James Cagney (Star)
Ed McCormick (Editor)
Devereaux Jennings (Cinematographer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Commentary by Film Historian Robert Sklar Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1931 with Newsreel, Comedy Short The Eyes Have It, Cartoon Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! Theatrical Trailers Featurette Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public 1954 Rerelease Foreword Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.25000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Feature Film Action Adventure
Attribute Behind The Scenes,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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