Loyalty and love are in this gangster’s code. But a mob boss’s best friend can’t have both. Maybe not even one. A highly styled ‘genre’ film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humor and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart.