White Heat (1949)
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|After escaping from prison, a psychopathic criminal leads his old gang in a chemicla plant payroll robbery.|
"Classic gangster film...[Cagney's] portrayal is breathtaking. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteA psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring escape from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll robbery. Shortly after the plan goes into effect, things begin to go woefully astray. Academy Award Nominations: Best Motion Picture Story.
Cast & Crew
|Ben Roberts - Screenplay|
|Ivan Goff - Screenplay|
|Louis F. Edelman - Producer|
|Max Steiner - Musical Score|
|Raoul Walsh - Director|
|Sid Hickox - Director of Photography|
|Virginia Kellogg - Story By|
Plot SummaryJames Cagney solidified his tough guy persona in this brutal gangster opus about a vicious man who still loves his Ma.| Cody Jarrett, the leader of a gang out west, has been busy knocking over banks and holding up trains. Complicating matters some, he has in tow his beloved Ma, his cool blonde beauty, Verna, and a suave double-crossing hood, Big Ed.| The feds manage to put Cody behind bars on a minor charge. They then decide to plant an undercover agent in Cody's prison cell to win his confidence and encourage him to spill the beans about his criminal history.| After a prison riot, Cody escapes. He leads the police on a chase through a mazelike chemical factory that culminates Cody's life of crime... and Cody insists on going out in his own blaze of glory.
|"Finally made it, Ma! Top o' the world!" ---- Cody Jarrett (JAMES CAGNEY) to his absent mother (MARGARET WYCHERLY)|