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City for Conquest

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Anatole Litvak

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Plot Summary

Ex-Golden Gloves fighter Danny Kenny has it all worked out. He'll turn pro to bankroll his brother's dream of writing a symphonic paean to the teeming city where they both live: New York. But life pulls the sidewalk out from under Danny when he's blinded during a brutal 15-round welterweight title bout. James Cagney plays Danny in this heart-tugging melodrama co-starring Ann Sheridan, Anthony Quinn, film-debuting Arthur Kennedy and in a rare acting turn before becoming a director, Elia Kazan. Among familiar studio players, there's an unbilled one: a vivid backlot and rear-screen Manhattan. "Sometimes we wonder," The New York Times' Bosley Crowther wrote, "whether it wasn't really the Warner brothers who got New York from the Indians, so diligent and devoted have they been in feeling the great city's pulse."

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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80%
  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Uunevenly paced, mounts slowly to a sizzling prizefight sequence, which comes somewhere about the middle, then sags off to a long-drawn, agonized finish. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Picture carries plenty of dramatic punch. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Cagney's marvellous performance almost saves the mawkish ending. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1940

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