Heroes & Villains
James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart (1938)
This slick, action-packed, hard-hitting film follows the story of two childhood friends, ‘Rocky’ Sullivan and Jerry Connolly, who grow up in the toughest slums of New York – Hell’s Kitchen. The friends take different paths in life, Rocky becoming a career criminal and Jerry a Catholic priest. Rocky’s swaggering pugnacious character is idolised by local juvenile delinquents who Jerry is working hard to keep on the straight and narrow. When Rocky is convicted and sentenced to the electric chair, Jerry asks him for one last favour.
St. George’s Cinema comes alive once again for the 2017 Silver Screen Festival with an edge-of-the-seat theme guaranteed to set the blood racing. Taut plots, dark storylines, tense cliff-hangers and gritty performances abound in this week-long festival of classic film evoking the golden age of Hollywood, and exploring the fight between good and evil, and the tensions of right and wrong. Some of cinema’s greatest names in acting are immortalised in eleven award-winning movies that see ruthless and spine-chilling villains pitted against courageous and feisty heroes and heroines.