Public Enemy (Blu-ray)

  • Web Code: M2205285
  • Release Date: 05-21-2013
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Overview

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.
Tom Powers enjoys proving to others why he is the Prohibition era's public enemy number one. But things are about to change.
Theatrical Release Date 1931
Format Blu-ray Disc
Number of Discs 1

Additional Crew:

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  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Warner Home Video
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    84
  • Picture
    B&W
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    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
    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.
    "I ain't so tough."--Tom Powers (James Cagney)
  • Release Date
    05/21/13
  • Theatrical Release
    1931
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Format
    Blu-ray Disc
  • Unedited Version
    N
  • Warranty Parts
    30 Day(s)

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Editorial Reviews

Total Film 03-01-2000 "...Cagney is magnificent, totally dominating the screen..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Entertainment Weekly 01-28-2005 "[S]eductively enthralling..."
Los Angeles Times 01-23-2005 "[Cagney] became a sensation with his searing performance as the streetwise gangster Tom Powers in this William Wellman classic."

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