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White Heat (1949)

White Heat (1949)
White Heat (1949)
White Heat (1949)
  • G
  • 1h 53m
  • 1949
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Academy Award winner James Cagney delivers a tour-de-force performance as a murderously psychotic criminal mastermind with an overpowering mother complex in the crime thriller White Heat. While in prison, Cody Jarrett (Cagney) befriends an undercover cop (Edmond O'Brien) posing as a young thug--appearing to idolize the hard-bitten gangster who suffers from semi-epileptic seizures, outbursts of frightening violence and an almost incestuous attachment to his mother. Released from prison, Jarrett plots a seemingly perfect heist, unaware that his partners plan to kill him and his right-hand man is working for the police. Cornered, Jarrett chooses to go out in an explosive act of self-immolation rather than surrender in this classic of the gangster genre. Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (Virginia Kellogg).
© 1949 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Raoul Walsh's crime drama goes further into the psychology of a gangster than most fear to tread and James Cagney's portrayal of the tragic anti-hero is constantly volatile.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:September 3, 1949
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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