Angels with Dirty Faces
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Childhood chums Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Connelly (Pat O'Brien) grow up on opposite sides of the fence: Rocky matures into a prominent gangster, while Jerry becomes a priest, tending to the needs of his old tenement neighborhood. Rocky becomes a hero to a gang of teenaged boys (played by Dead End Kids Billy Halop, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bobby Jordan and Bernard Punsley). Father Jerry despairs at this, asking Rocky to lay off so he can keep the kids on the straight and narrow. Then Rocky's crooked business associates George Bancroft and Humphrey Bogart… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although the movie trades heavily on gang-film staples, there's also ample comedy packed into the mix."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Envolvente do início ao fim (num desfecho, diga-se de passagem, poderosamente dramático), o filme traz Cagney em uma de suas atuações mais intensas e inspiradas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Angels With Dirty Faces benefits from the Production Code because it forces the gangster film to acknowledge its nihilism."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"If you're looking to study the gangster classics, I know a good place you can start."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"the way Angels With Dirty Faces balances hard-bitten gangster drama with warmly stage-managed religiosity gives us an entertaining period piece, one which shows that after more than sixty years you still can't go wrong with a Jimmy Cagney movie."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"...most of all, it's Cagney: At the top of his game, the bad guy we have to love. He makes it all happen."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Sometimes fierce"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Rocky Sullivan is riveting. His movements are quick and vital, his speech like machine-gun fire, his demeanor sharp and confident. He is all attitude and style."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"James Cagney is in top form as a gangster with with redeeming qualities in this well-directed, Oscar nominated picture from Michael Curtiz, who scored in 1938 two Oscar nods; Bogart and Raft are also good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An archetype of 1930s and '40s gangster films. The plotting and melodramatic storytelling are stilted by today's standards, but classic movie lovers enjoy that."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Wonderful morality story; one of Cagney's most memorable"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) is a classic example of a Warner Bros. gangster/crime melodrama of the 1930s"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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