Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Close pals Rocky (Frankie Burke) and Jerry (William Tracey) flee after a robbery; Jerry gets away, but Rocky is sent to reform school. Years later, Jerry (now Pat O'Brien) has become a priest, and is working with a group of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1938
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Although the movie trades heavily on gang-film staples, there's also ample comedy packed into the mix.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Angels With Dirty Faces benefits from the Production Code because it forces the gangster film to acknowledge its nihilism.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...most of all, it's Cagney: At the top of his game, the bad guy we have to love. He makes it all happen.

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Christopher Null

Sometimes fierce

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Wonderful morality story; one of Cagney's most memorable

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Cassandra Maples
Michael Curtiz has made some great films, yet the only one that tends to be well received among film fans is his contender for the best movie ever made -… More
Reid Volk
William "Rocky" Sullivan is just a no good kid. Starting off as your average juvenile delinquent, he blossoms into a career criminal. His draw is… More
xGary Xx
When two young tearaways are interrupted trying to steal from a railway car, one gets away while the other is caught which leads to a life of crime and infamy… More
Aj V
This is my one of my favourite gangster movies. It's not the only movie with the story of two boyhood friends who grow up to be enemies, but it's the… More
William Dunmyer
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. I'm enjoying the films from 1938 that did NOT receive Best Picture nominations more than those that did.… More