White Heat

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

White Heat = Scarface + Psycho. Cagney sits in his mother's lap as they plan their heists together with plans provided by classical mythology. In the prison canteen, they tell him she's dead, and he lurches, whimpers, and punches everybody in his way. Finally cornered by the cops on top of an oil refinery, he yells 'Made it Ma, to the top of the world, Ma!' and empties his gun into the gas tank to join her in gangster heaven. Despite chronology (deranged by the censor's influence on the studios), this is really the fitting climax of the '30s gangster movie.

By: PH


Release details

114 mins

Cast and crew

Raoul Walsh
Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts
James Cagney
Virginia Mayo
Edmond O'Brien
Margaret Wycherly
Steve Cochran
John Archer
Paul Guilfoyle
Fred Clark
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