Public Enemy

Public Enemy

DVD - 2005
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"Relates the story of a young man's rise in the criminal underworld in Prohibition-era urban America"--Wikipedia.

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Monolith
Jun 09, 2012

Mike Powers: "All I've got to say, Tom, is that you've got a good job now. You don't need these rats that you're running around with." Tom Powers: "I suppose you want me to go to night school and read poems."

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Jun 09, 2012

Tom Powers (at a celebratory dinner held for his brother): "So beer ain't good enough for you, huh?" Mike Powers: "Do you think I care if there was just beer in that keg? I know what's in it. I know what you've been doing all this time, how you got those clothes and those new cars. You've been telling Ma that you've gone into politics, that you're on the city payroll. Pat Burke told me everything. You murderers! There's not only beer in that jug. There's beer and blood - blood of men!" (he throws the keg into the corner, smashing a table) Tom Powers (stands): "You ain't changed a bit... Besides, your hands ain't so clean. You killed and liked it. You didn't get them medals for holding hands with them Germans."

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Jun 09, 2012

Tom Powers (shuffles to the breakfast table in his pajamas): "Ain't you got a drink in the house?" Kitty: "Well, not before breakfast, dear." Tom Powers: "... I didn't ask you for any lip. I asked you if you had a drink." Kitty: "I know Tom, but I, I wish that..." Tom Powers: "...there you go with that wishin' stuff again. I wish you was a wishin' well. So that I could tie a bucket to ya and sink ya." Kitty: "Well, maybe you've found someone you like better." (Tom grimaces and shoves a halved grapefruit in her face)

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Jun 09, 2012

Matt Doyle (about Gwen): "Gee, she's a honey. I could go for her myself." Tom Powers: "What do you mean, you could go for her yourself? You could go for an eighty year old chick with rheumatism."

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Jun 09, 2012

Final Statement: "The END of Tom Powers is the end of every hoodlum. "The Public Enemy" is not a man, nor is it a character--it is a problem that sooner or later WE, the public, must solve."

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ToddAW
Mar 10, 2013

There are some classic scenes you have already seen on 'best of' and clip shows etc. This film is definitely worth seeing.

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Jun 09, 2012

Dynamite Cagney gangster flick - I just enjoyed this one so much. He had a helluva presence... unflinching confidence; glaring, droopy eyes with a snide, smug smirk; quick, astringent dialogue spoken a mile-a-minute. His signature move of softly and affectionately punching people on the jaw was endearing. As for the movie, it was interesting how the film studios prefaced and finished the film with statements of their not intending to glamorize violence and crime, and rallying "the public to solve the problem". The story effectively teaches a lesson of the fates of good (brother) and evil (brother). Really well directed - it didn't have as dated and 'stone-aged' a feel to it as I was expecting (well, mostly), even though it's over eighty years ago. What an ending! Yikes! Apparently, the director, William A. Wellman, fought strongly for it and won. Loved the nicknames (albeit some politically incorrect): "Limpy Larry" and "Putty Nose" (lol). I didn't see the appeal of Jean Harlow. I thought she was a rather homely bleached-blonde with far too much makeup. Oh well. Regardless, it was a tremendous, timeless movie, well beyond its time. FIVE STARS.

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KerrAvon
Jul 12, 2011

Fantastic, one of the all-time great gangster films. Some have said Harlow's performance wasn't really up to snuff, but I don't think so. Quite alot of drama is substained in some of the brilliant scenes where you don't actually see what going on...but you know. Cagney is excellent!See this one!!

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