MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 76,204 this week

Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  21 October 2008 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 84 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2071 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 138 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 
a list of 3650 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 5353 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (TV Movie 2008)

Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (TV Movie 2008) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film.
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Narrator (voice)
...
Himself
...
Himself
Sheri Chinen Biesen ...
Herself - Interviewee
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
John Bright ...
Himself (archive footage)
Daniel Bubbeo ...
Himself
...
(archive footage)
Drew Casper ...
Himself
Bernard Dick ...
Himself
Christopher Frayling ...
Himself
Alan Gansberg ...
Himself
Patricia King Hanson ...
Herself
Molly Haskell ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

1940s | 1920s | 1930s | mobster | arrest | See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 2008 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Dust Be My Destiny (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Lurching Monster
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting but perhaps a bit too far-reaching
18 January 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary film about the so-called "Golden Age" for gangster films--the 1930s at Warner Brothers studio. Fortunately, the film makers were able to secure the rights to lots of film footage--in particular Turner Classic Movies' huge library of classic films. While I really enjoyed watching the old clips, there were two shortcomings to the film. First, there weren't that many new insights or behind the scenes information. I really wanted to learn more about the genre but felt this was of limited benefit. Second, at times, the documentary seemed to take on perhaps too much--looking at much older and newer gangster films as well. In particular, there were many important gangster films from the 1920s that were never mentioned and its discussion of Film Noir was so cursory you almost had the impression that this wasn't a very popular style or just a passing fad. I really wished the film had just stuck to the 1930s and perhaps 40s and then addressed these other things in subsequent films--or just made the documentary longer.

Still, for the average viewer, these concerns might not be a big issue. For a compulsive film watcher like myself (I have seen just about every film in the documentary), it probably isn't the most definitive look at the genre.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?