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White Heat, the Movie

White Heat

1949

Director:
Raoul Walsh
 
Screenplay:
Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts
 
Cast:
James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, and Edmund O'Brien
 
Overview:
Gang leader Cody is a certifiable psychopath, and Cagney plays him to the hilt in this red-hot crime drama. Walsh directs as a pause would derail the movie. Cagney’s mother obsession is a superior example of how 1940s moviemakers weren't afraid to give their characters meaningful quirks. Cagney’s film-ending “Top Of The World” line is a classic.

 
Rating:
 
Format: VHS
 

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