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Friday, April 26, 2013

Little Caeser - review (1931)

Perhaps the movie that set the mold for gangster pictures for decades to follow.  Edward G. Robinson plays Rico "Little Caeser" Bandelli whose need to be the top mob boss is only only topped by his ego.  Nothing stands in his way.  Friend, foe, policeman or politician, if you are on the bad side of Rico expect some hot lead heading in your direction.

Surprisingly ruthless, at least based on my expectations, the film offers a dark look at a man with one thing on his mind, himself.  Robinson is fantastic in the lead, the quintessential gangster of the era.  There is a reason 80 years later people still mimic his delivery.  The classic story about one man's rise to power is supported with the side stories of those that helped Rico on his quest and the man determined to stop him.  Old school awesome.

7.5 out of 10

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