The role that catapulted Edward G. Robinson into a Hollywood legend. It is good, but not at the same level as other great gangster pictures of the era - Angels With Dirty Faces, The Roaring Twenties, The Public Enemy, etc.
While Edward G. Robinson's performance is iconic, LITTLE CAESAR doesn't really stack up to other gangster pictures of the day, it feels cheap in comparison to things like PUBLIC ENEMY and SCARFACE and frankly isn't as interesting as those movies. Still, it's good to know who Bugs Bunny was imitating on Looney Tunes when he threatened to "rub ya out."
A movie very typical for its time that distinguishes itself slightly -in the same way Scarface does- by a great protagonist. Edward G. Robinson portrays a credible and enthralling gangster, which takes the film to another level. Still I got the feeling I've seen most of this before, so it's good, but not great. LeRoy's later "I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" struck me as far more authentic.
GREAT! A real treasure and one of the first gangster pictures, incredibly crucial to film history. I loved the part of the close up on Rico when he was at Joe's apartment ready to kill him! A great rise and fall tale.
It’s undeniably important in the history of cinema, especially regarding the birth of Hollywood’s most pervasive movie genres. While that may be true, LeRoy, as ever, is a director with a monumentally limited vision and technique, resulting in an airless hagiographic tale of a gangster’s tragic ascension and eventual fall. Robinson’s performance is understandably iconic and its power has not been dimmed by time.
No solo la película que lanzó a Edward G. Robinson y a Mervyn LeRoy a la mira de Hollywood, sino que también fue punto inicial para el género del cine gang. Es la mirada descarnada del mundo del Hampa, violenta, con un antihéroe que sería modelo para otros aún más perversos. Veo "Hampa dorada" y reconozco esa semilla de las dos versiones de "Scarface", sobre el ascenso y descenso en la mafia. Es un cine épico.