Little Caesar

The Power-Mad Monarch of the Murder Mobs!
Little Caesar
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 25, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Art Direction by
Story by
Produced by &
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:


Total Count: 22


User Ratings: 6,065
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
[G]raphically gorgeous...
Entertainment Weekly
Jan 28, 2005
Rating: 56/100 -- Little Caesar makes two classic LeRoy joints that I've found perfectly solid...and thoroughly underwhelming, especially when viewed through the prism of their reputations. Full Review
Film and Felt
Apr 5, 2011
Rating: 76/100 -- Edward G. Robinson's gravelly snarl and sociopathic disdain for human conventions became the template for countless future gangster anti-heroes Full Review
Jul 4, 2013
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
[I]t's the first outdoor gangster talkie to make a lasting impression...
USA Today
Jan 28, 2005

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.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Gangster classic involving a small-time hood who becomes a mob big shot.

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.


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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Deluxe edition of Little Caesar superlative Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- November, 9, 2005

For the devout 1930's gangster movie fan, this special edition is a must - the commentaries from UCLA film historians, documentary, Leonard Maltin's splendid introduction, and "typical night at the movies" shorts, newsreel, and cartoon of 1930 make this DVD more than worth every penny. No need to go into extolling the merits of this classic film - it's a beautiful - or beautifully restored? - print. There's enough treasure on the disk to keep any film buff happily watching.

And my exact same commentary for 1931's PUBLIC ENEMY deluxe DVD.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 112,573
  • UPC: 012569672154
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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