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cagney's explosive return to warner's.,
This review is from: White Heat [VHS] (VHS Tape)
a true classic gangster film and one of james cagney's best, it doesn't get any better than "white heat."
cagney plays the psychotic robber cody jarrett with relish and a burning intensity which truly shows his acting skills at their best. his famous line at the end: "made it ma, top of the world!" has gone down as one of the most famous quotes in film history and rightly so.
this is quite a brutal film for the times; one of jarrett's men gets disfigured, people are killed without mercy and jarrett is rather rough in his treatment of his cheating wife.
one highlight in my opinion, is the scene in the prison where jarrett hears the news of his mother's death. cagney's immediate reaction plus his ranting and raving makes for gripping and quite unnerving viewing.
even though james cagney had been away from warner brothers for a number of years, he proves with this one film that he is more than capable of being a top box office draw at his old studio.