Angels with Dirty Faces Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Angels with Dirty Faces

Two kids who are best friends, Rocky and Jerry are hoodlums on the streets of New York. One day while trying to steal merchandise from a train, the cops show up. Jerry gets away, but Rocky gets caught and placed in a juvenile facility.
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Over the next 15 years Rocky becomes a criminal and is in and out of prison, while Jerry becomes a priest.
After his last stint in prison Rocky returns to his old neighborhood. He becomes a hero to a gang of tough kids.
Rocky tries to get some money owed to him by his lawyer, Frazier, who's the lawyer of a criminal organization.
Frazier refuses to pay so Rocky kidnaps him and ransoms him to the organization and steals some incriminating evidence and blackmails them into cutting him in on their operation.
Jerry, who's still friends with Rocky, decides to bring down the organization by helping to expose the corruption.
When Frazier and his boss, Mac, plan to kill Jerry, Rocky kills them. The police arrive and there's a standoff between them and Rocky, but the police eventually catch him.
Just before Rocky's execution Jerry convinces him to be yellow and die like a coward so the kids that loved him would lose respect for him and crime and turn their lives around.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES is a Warner production directed by Michael Curtiz in 1938. Three nominations for the Academy Awards.

James Cagney and Pat O'Brien are friends from their childhood on. Pat has become a priest and James a violent criminal who's spent more years in jail than in liberty. James Cagney returns to his old neighborhood after a three years imprisonment and he's soon idolized by a group of young hoodlums who will help Cagney when he'll have some trouble with Humphrey Bogart, the lawyer who had to protect his interests when he was in jail. Bogart wants Cagney dead rather than splitting his revenues in half with him. Meanwhile Pat O'Brien, aware of the bad influence Cagney has on the kids, begins a war against crime in NYC.

A classic that has not aged a bit.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Angels with Dirty Faces

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals killing each other    -   criminal becomes sensitive

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   prison    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   None

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