Regeneration (1915)




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Noteworthy as the first ever feature-length crime movie, this melodrama concerns a charismatic gang leader and a society woman who run a Bowery mission on New York's Lower East Side.
Classics , Drama
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Fox Film Corporation


William Sheer
as Skinny
Carl Harbaugh
as Assistant D.A.
Harry McCoy
as Owen at seventeen
Maggie Weston
as Maggie Conway
John McCann
as Owen (age 10)
H. McCoy
as Owen (age 17)
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Critic Reviews for Regeneration

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Revelling in the cinema's power to set a vast scene in a single glance, Walsh gives the spare, schematic story a novelistic amplitude.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

[Regeneration is] distinguished by a remarkable approach to physical casting, a robust treatment of violent action, and a sheer narrative pace to shame contemporary ponderousness.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

An astonishingly impressive and durable movie for its years.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
TV Guide

It's an extraordinary film.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

Pioneering crime drama, brilliantly made, with rich acting, stunning photography of NY slums, creative visual style.

Full Review… | August 15, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Regeneration


Drags a bit in the middle, but is an important film both in the context of silent movies and the beginning of the gangster genre. The film is based on the autobiography of Owen Kildare. Filmed on location, it is a realistic depiction of life in the inner city during it's time period, even to the point of featuring some of the local waifs.

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