Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Connolly (Pat O'Brien) were brought up in one of New York's toughest neighborhoods, Hell's Kitchen. While his buddy Rocky gets caught up in racketeering in reform school, Jerry decides to become a priest. Years later, Rocky is released from prison and returns to Hell's Kitchen, where Jerry works with at-risk children. Rocky wants a temporary safe haven with his old friend before resuming his life of crime, but Jerry hesitates, testing their relationship. A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.
What an impressive cast of actors that offer such accurate portrayals of the harsh life that led some young kids to turn to life of crime to survive. James Cagney and Pat O'Brien are amazing in their roles. What the priest asks of his old friend Rocky will be life changing and you will feel for Rocky. You will feel respect for him and in the end. A powerful movie that tells you that the right path can always be found if you really want it.
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