White Heat

White Heat

DVD - 2005
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In his last role as a heartless gangster, James Cagney embarks on the prison break of a lifetime in this chilling tale that features one of the most riveting finales in movie history.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Warner Home Video, 2005.
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9781419803116
1419803115
Branch Call Number: WHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 23, 2014

"Shuddup!"

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

Cody Jarrett: "You know something, Verna, if I turn my back long enough for Big Ed to put a hole in it, there'd be a hole in it."

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

Verna Jarrett: "...I'd look good in a mink coat, honey." Cody Jarrett: "You'd look good in a shower curtain."

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

Cody Jarrett: "I told you to keep away from that radio. If that battery is dead it'll have company."

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

Roy Parker: "You wouldn't kill me in cold blood, would ya?" Cody Jarrett: "Naw, I'll let ya warm up a little."

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

Cody Jarrett: "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

Philip Evans: "Cody Jarrett..." Hank Fallon: "He finally got to the top of the world... and it blew right up in his face."

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empbee
Sep 23, 2017

A classic gangster movie from the late 1940-s with James Cagney's usual great performance.

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garycornell
Aug 22, 2014

"White Heat" already has four stars, but I think it is a five star movie. KCLS has made it a buried film treasure with only one copy in the system and 0 patrons wanting to watch it. I found the movie to be one of James Cagney's best movies. The Director Raoul Walsh takes a great script and a wonderful cast and makes a masterpiece. Now this is an older movie, but few could deny that the story is gripping. James Cagney plays a ruthless criminal. You will be spellbound by his brilliant performance. "White Heat" goes on my Best Overlooked Film Masterpieces of All Time.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 23, 2014

Over the many years I have been told, time and again, that White Heat was, without question, a true "Classic" of 40s Crime film. Well, in my opinion, the only way that I could ever call White Heat a "Classic" would solely be in terms of its disappointment factor. ~~~ For one thing - White Heat was way-way too long for my liking. About a good half an hour could've easily been trimmed from its running time. ~~~ Another major disappointment in White Heat was James Cagney's less-than-electrifying performance as the psychotic suck, Cody Jarrett. I mean - A few face slaps here, a couple of "Shuddups!" there, some agonized head-holding, and a string of lame wisecracks didn't add up to a very interesting character, in my books. ~~~ Cagney was 50 at the time of this film. And if his character was really supposed to be this insanely devoted, little momma's boy that he was, then I could never-ever, not even in a zillion years, be convinced that he could've landed himself such a hot, young and (fairly) understanding wife like Verna. No way, Jose. ~~~ All-in-all, White Heat was, at best, mediocre movie-entertainment. Like, let's face it, there are, by far, so many other 1940s Crime films out there that (can and do) surpass this one by a literal country mile.

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history1970
Aug 14, 2013

I found the commentary very informative.

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Monolith
Apr 14, 2012

James Cagney, Hollywood's quintessential tough guy from days gone by, nailed the role of the psychotic crime boss Cody Jarrett to the wall. Jarrett's a loose cannon with a 'mother complex'. The story is full of action and tension, (and even has a labor intensive ancestor of a modern day G.P.S.!) :) Super ending. A+++!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 23, 2014

Violence: Yep. There's some gunplay and physical violence and guys slapping women around.

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