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509 Ratings

Angels with Dirty Faces

Directed by Michael Curtiz
United States, 1938
Film noir


Childhood chums Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly grow up on opposite sides of the fence: Rocky matures into a prominent gangster, while Jerry becomes a priest, tending to the needs of his old tenement neighborhood.

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Angels with Dirty Faces Directed by Michael Curtiz

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1939 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1939 | Winner: Best Actor

Critics reviews

Though screening here as part of MoMA’s extremely welcome series on Ann Sheridan (who’s terrific as a childhood acquaintance of the two men), it’s Cagney who runs away with the picture. With his chewy voice, his signature opening line (“Whadda ya hear? Whadda ya say?”), and his live-wire physical energy (the basketball sequence is a marvel of slapstick), he turns Rocky’s character into a thug whose Code-prescribed condemnation is nevertheless fully felt.
October 22, 2014
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