Public Enemy

Directed By: William Wellman Starring: Jean Harlow James Cagney

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A feisty punk hits women, shoots men and runs beer during prohibition.


Studio Warner
SKU 40701369
UPC 012569690622
UPC 14 00012569690622
Format DVD
Release Date 1/25/2005
Rating NR
Organized Crime
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary Tom Powers enjoys proving to others why he is the Prohibition era's public enemy number one. But things are about to change.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I ain't so tough."--Tom Powers (James Cagney)
Total Film "...Cagney is magnificent, totally dominating the screen..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 03/01/2000 p.84
Entertainment Weekly "[S]eductively enthralling..." 01/28/2005 p.68
Los Angeles Times "[Cagney] became a sensation with his searing performance as the streetwise gangster Tom Powers in this William Wellman classic." 01/23/2005 p.E10
William Wellman
Jean Harlow
James Cagney
Cast & Crew
Daryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Devereaux Jennings - Director of Photography
Donald Cook - Actor
Edward Woods - Actor
Harvey Thew - Screen Adaptation
James Cagney - Actor
Jean Harlow - Actor
Joan Blondell - Actor
John Bright - Story By
Kubec Glasmon - Story By
Mae Clarke - Actor
William A. Wellman - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 66906
UPC 00012569690622
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 82 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review Frightening, obsessively fascinating... set the gangster genre for the 1930s, making a star of its p
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Cagney,James
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...put Cagney on the map, and deservedly so...

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