Little Caesar (Blu-ray)

The Power-Mad Monarch of the Murder Mobs!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: May 21, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Turner Classic Movie
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by Film Historian Richard B. Jewell
    • Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1931 with Newsreel, Spencer Tracy Short The Hard Guy, Cartoon Lady Play Your Mandolin
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • Featurette Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero
    • 1954 Release Foreward
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
Screenwriting by
Art Direction by
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Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"For all of them that take the sword shall perish by the sword."
  - Opening quote
"Shoot first and argue afterwards."
  - Caesar Enrico Bandello (Edward G. Robinson)
"Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico'"
  - Rico
"Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?"

Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh91%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 22

Upright75%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 6,065
Rating: 2/4 -- Feels stilted when stacked up against its tougher depression-era contemporaries. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Feb 7, 2005
The genius of Edward G. Robinson's performance as the pint-sized mobster lies in its diffidence.
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 2005
Rating: 7/10 -- Robinson's riveting performance earned him a permanent place in the history of cinema. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Jan 25, 2005
Rating: A- -- One of the most popular and best received crime films ever. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 25, 2005
No director could ask for more than Edward G. Robinson's contribution. Here, no matter what he has to say, he's entirely convincing. Full Review
Variety
Oct 31, 2007
Though it looks somewhat dated now, there's no denying the seminal importance of this classic adaptation of WR Burnett's novel. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
The production is ordinary and would rank as just one more gangster film but for two things. One is the excellence of Mr. Burnett's credible and compact story. The other is Edward G. Robinson's wonderfully effective performance. Full Review
New York Times
May 24, 2003

Product Description:

With its focus on character flaws instead of plot devices, LITTLE CAESAR is the mother of the modern gangster flick. Edward G. Robinson stars as Enrico Bandelli in the role that made him a household name. Bandelli moves to the big city with partner in crime Joe Massara (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and becomes a member of Sam Vettori's Mafia gang. In spite of the urgings of pretty girl Olga Strassoff (Glenda Farell) to quit the mob, Rico quickly becomes the head of the Vettori gang and with a couple of quick kills scares mob boss Arnie Lorch back to Detroit. Bandelli, dubbed Little Caesar by the press, is known as a boss in his own right, but what goes up must come down in this tale of excessive hubris. At the time of its release, the stacatto sound design for LITTLE CAESAR was leagues ahead of its early talkie contemporaries. But what keeps the film alive is the fine script and the startling performance from Edward G. Robinson.

Plot Synopsis:

This classic crime story that made Edward G. Robinson a star deals with the rise and fall of a penny-ante crook who becomes the head of the mob, only to fall from grace as quickly as he rose.

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Production Notes:

  • LITTLE CAESAR was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000.
  • Enrico Bandello was modeled after Al Capone.
  • Mervyn LeRoy wanted Clark Gable to play Joe Massara. After the screen test, studio executives decided that Gable would never become a star because of his unusually large ears. Douglas Fairbanks was cast in his place.
  • LeRoy had to fight to gain permission to shoot Burnett's violent novel, but the decision paid off--the film was a big box-office success, opening the door for even more violent work to come.

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  • Sales Rank: 29,595
  • UPC: 883929281978
  • Shipping Weight: 0.13/lbs (approx)
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