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8 /10
Average Rating
9.28 /10
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
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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