Little Caesar

1931

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Romance

80
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 12421

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Director

Cast

Edward G. Robinson as Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Joe Massara
Glenda Farrell as Olga Stassoff
Sidney Blackmer as Big Boy
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721.79 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 18 min
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1.31 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 18 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ackstasis 7 / 10

"There's a rope around my neck right now, and they only hang you once"

Even four years after 'The Jazz Singer (1927),' Hollywood was still adapting to the "talkies." Mervyn LeRoy's 'Little Caesar (1931)' – along with 'The Public Enemy (1931)' and 'Scarface (1932)' – was one of the pivotal films in the development of the gangster genre {popular in the 1930s, and later a considerable influence on film noir}, but it also suffers the pitfalls of many early sound films. This rocky transition between mediums is still seen in the film's occasional use of explanatory intertitles, a vestigial remnant from the silent era. However, despite exhibited the drawbacks of its contemporaries – limited use of sound, unremarkable visuals – LeRoy's film could never have succeeded as a silent film, for the bulk of its power stems from the remarkable performance of a young-ish Edward G. Robinson. Though seemingly unintimidating as a short, plump petty criminal, Little Caesar has a nasty scowl, and a cocky drawl that shows that he means business. This might be the earliest case (that I've come across) of an actor using words to create a truly memorable character.

'Little Caesar' is about a man who, tired of being a nobody, strikes out for the top. Less sinful characters in cinema have used this premise as a springboard for success in noble political, sporting, and artistic endeavours, but not Rico (Robinson) – he's a small-time crook, and his dream is to be the biggest crook in town. Rico's ascent to power, probably modelled on the real-life rise of Al Capone, has served as a template for countless subsequent gangster films, including 'The Godfather: Part II (1974),' 'Scarface (1983)' and 'American Gangster (2007)' {indeed, "Little Caesar" novelist W.R. Burnett also worked on Howard Hawks' 'Scarface (1932)'}. As Little Caesar, Robinson completely dominates the film, and fortunately we rarely stray from his footsteps. Douglas Fairbanks Jr., as a reformed criminal-turned-dancer, does adequately in an uninteresting role. Thomas Jackson, as Sergeant Flaherty, invents a offbeat, ignoble sort of law-enforcer, speaking with a sarcastic, contemptuous whine that suggest utter disdain for his quarry.

Many of W.R. Burnett's films involve characters who are ultimately brought down by their all-too-human weaknesses: Tony Camonte in 'Scarface (1932)' is brought down by his (incestuous) jealousy over his sister; Raven in 'This Gun for Hire (1942)' is too proud to abandon his planned assassinations; the heist thieves in 'The Asphalt Jungle (1950)' each have their respective vices. Likewise, Rico is toppled by a moment of compassion towards an old friend. Alcohol and women – the two most popular pitfalls – hold no regard to Little Caesar, who dismisses both as mere distractions from his power. But what I found most interesting is that, unlike the other examples I just mentioned, Rico is brought down by his only lingering morsel of virtue. This helps breed a sliver of audience sympathy towards a man who had formerly exhibited little but contempt for humanity, converting Rico's rise to power into a fully-fledged tragedy; of a man who wanted it all, but – to his disbelief – couldn't quite wrap his fingers around it.

Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 8 / 10

Slightly dated but an influential early "Warner Bros." film.

"Little Caesar" marked the beginning of a new chapter for "Warner Bros." Released in 1931 but filmed in 1930, the film made a big star of theatre actor Edward G. Robinson and launched the studio onto a run of gangster films that dominated the decade. In addition, many a classic film from "Warner Bros." would be made from the early 30s until the late 40s and featuring some of the biggest stars and actors in Hollywood history. Edward G. Robinson plays a hoodlum who has plans to work his way up the ladder in organised crime and to become a crime lord. He succeeds in achieving just that but at a considerable price..... "Little Caesar" has many great scenes and some good dialogue and Robinson gets the best lines. His is the best performance in this film, he oozes menace in every scene. I was hoping that the film would have included more action and to carry more of a gritty edge in the screenplay. Also, the film is looking its age but in all fairness, films of this decade tend to. The film does a fine job of showing Little Caesar's eventual decline after his main weakness gets the better of him: Caesar's vanity. The final scene had to be slightly re-written after some influential religious groups voiced their displeasure of the Lord's name being taken in vain.

Reviewed by donaldricco 8 / 10

Rico, not Ricco!

For several years, one of my co-workers has quoted this film to me, saying the line "Is this the end of Rico?" - even though I spell my name "Ricco"! Well, I finally got around to seeing this film, and I'm glad I did! Edward G. Robinson is great in the title role - he's got the look, the voice, and the bearing of a man in his "profession"! And the movie moves along at a nice, crisp pace! Plus, I loved hearing my name so much in a film, though, like I said, I spell "Rico" with two 'c's! Yah see?

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