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The Roaring Twenties

Released Oct 23, 1939 1h 44m Crime Drama List
100% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 89% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings After World War I, friends Eddie (James Cagney), George (Humphrey Bogart) and Lloyd (Jeffrey Lynn) return to America with ambitions for the future. Lloyd becomes a lawyer, but Eddie can only find work as a cab driver and eventually falls into the bootlegging business. Eddie and George become partners in crime, but the stock market crash destroys their operation and turns the old friends against each other, while Eddie falls in love with Lloyd's girlfriend, Jean (Priscilla Lane). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Kevin Maher Times (UK) The performances are fabulously hard-boiled, while the script features one of the standout last lines in movie history... Rated: 5/5 Mar 8, 2024 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker Walsh unfolds the practical details of bootleggers' nocturnal maneuvers with quiet comedic flair alongside harrowing violence. Sep 12, 2016 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine An epochal rise-and-fall epic of the gangster cycle. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 3, 2005 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The sound-staginess of it all, with even World War I battlefields recreated indoors, and the sprint-through-the-era nature of the narrative seriously date the picture, dulling some of the impact of the tight performances and crackling dialogue. Rated: 3/4 Apr 19, 2024 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk the most ambitious and successful of the late 1930s gangster films Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 27, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Yet one more exemplary gangster flick produced by Warner Bros. during the 1930s, this one closed the decade in style. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 2, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Angelo C Cagney and Humphrey at their best. The only problem is the ending…..sorry Cagney! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/13/24 Full Review Steve D The problem with these films is that you have no reason to care about any of the characters. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/16/24 Full Review Harry N A sweeping panorama of the lives of three WWI vets. It has two key observations which are largely ignored but I think bear significance. One is when Cagney spends a night in jail with an accused robber. The robber tells Cagney his only wish is for a gun. To either commit another crime or kill himself. Cagney asks him if he was a WWI vet. and he replies yes. Cagney counsels him not to do anything rash. Such scene examines what we call PTSD now. A later scene reunites Cagney with his younger attorney friend. The friend offers to help Cagney and indicates Cagney can work his way up and be back on his feet after some effort and time. Cagney declines indicating "I always took a short cut to the top." Again a very perceptive scene which demonstrates the criminal mindset of those who reject societies values. The writers understood their material. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review merick h Must see classic tragedy. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Liam D The End of The Gangster era went out with an explosive Bang Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/09/22 Full Review Luca D I don't know if another film will capture prohibition so well. The acting, setting, music, and wardrobe really made it seem like the roaring twenties. Plus, you gotta love the shootout/explosion scenes. I thought the action scenes were surprisingly violent for a 1930s movie, but that just adds to the realism of the scenes of mob violence. This is my first James Cagney film and I will be watching more. I feel like the Cagney Bogart bond in the film wasn't held onto long enough though. Overall a really fun film about the 1920s prohibition mob scene. I would mostly recommend this to men, not really much that's relatable to women in this film. Will be watching again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/23/21 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After World War I, friends Eddie (James Cagney), George (Humphrey Bogart) and Lloyd (Jeffrey Lynn) return to America with ambitions for the future. Lloyd becomes a lawyer, but Eddie can only find work as a cab driver and eventually falls into the bootlegging business. Eddie and George become partners in crime, but the stock market crash destroys their operation and turns the old friends against each other, while Eddie falls in love with Lloyd's girlfriend, Jean (Priscilla Lane).
Director
Raoul Walsh
Screenwriter
Mark Hellinger, Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, Robert Rossen
Distributor
Warner Bros., MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.
Production Co
Warner Brothers
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 23, 1939, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 44m
Sound Mix
Mono
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