The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)

This 1960 gangster tale focuses upon the life of Legs Diamond, one of the most infamous of gangsters from the dangerous Depression days.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 1991
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

A strange, cold, sordid movie about a strange, cold, sordid gangster.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unsentimental and inaccurate Warner Brothers action-packed biopic on ruthless twenties gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Director Budd Boetticher and screenwriter Joseph Landon are as fast on their feet as their hoofer-turned-gangster protagonist; the efficiency and momentum of their storytelling should be models of inspiration for today's filmmakers.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Strange and often grim gangster film, notable for some off-trail approaches.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Overlooked gangster picture with the fierce energy of the early classics. A rags to riches story with the typical hubristic, heartless, no-nonsense character… More