The Fighting 69th Reviews

February 6, 2020
Richly schooled in the art of impersonating a snarling, ratlike human, [James] Cagney here has an opportunity to do the part in its most repulsive coloring.
October 22, 2019
For a while The Fighting 69th makes a noise like a good picture, but after a time its woeful inadequacies are visible to the naked eye -- and the blasted ear.
March 22, 2008
Among best of Cagney-O'Brien Warner team-ups, this one set in WWI.
April 22, 2007
The Fighting 69th...may become a gushy tearjerker by its end, but you can't argue that its heart isn't in the right place.
July 15, 2006
In one of his few war films, Cagney displays his "specialty" of explosive energy, as a despicable Irishman, who initially sneers at the regiment's traditions but then learns the hard way the mistakes of his cowardice and irresponsibility.
December 16, 2005
A sentimental recruiting poster account of the famed First World War New York National Guard division of mostly Irish-Americans.