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White Heat


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  White Heat Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
9.28 /10
 
Starring
James Cagney , Margaret Wycherly , Edmond O'Brien
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Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Written by: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts from story by Virginia Kellogg

 
 
 
Released: 1949
   
Genre: DRAMA
UNDERRATED
CRIME
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 114
 
 


 
The life and death of a mother-dominated gangster (James Cagney).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Cagney was never better than in this gangster classic, underrated and even vilified on release for its brutality. Now the violence looks almost tame.

The "Top of the world, ma!" finale, when psychotic gangster Cagney commits suicide to join Ma in gangster heaven, is one of the great moments in cinema.


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