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One of the finest films of the pre-1920 era, The Regeneration was the first truly important directorial effort by Raoul Walsh. Spanning several years, this remarkable social document traces the life and times of Irish-American "child of the slums" Owen Conway (Rockliffe Fellowes), who grows up to become a ruthless gangster. Owen's story is paralleled with that of Mamie Rose (Anna Q. Nilsson), who, though born into luxury, abandons her high-society environs to become a settlement worker in the city's slum district. When Owen meets Mamie, who takes it upon himself to teach the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Revelling in the cinema's power to set a vast scene in a single glance, Walsh gives the spare, schematic story a novelistic amplitude."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"It's an extraordinary film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[Regeneration is] distinguished by a remarkable approach to physical casting, a robust treatment of violent action, and a sheer narrative pace to shame contemporary ponderousness."
‑ , Time Out
"Pioneering crime drama, brilliantly made, with rich acting, stunning photography of NY slums, creative visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"An astonishingly impressive and durable movie for its years."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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