For Jan. 29th: White Heat

“White Heat” is sadly not available on Netflix Instant Watch, so I had to pursue other ways to find a copy.  I eventually broke down and rented it from Amazon, something I didn’t like, but I wasn’t going to skip another good movie just because Netflix is being dumb.

I’ve wanted to see “White Heat” ever since I saw it make AFI’s top 100 movie quotes.  The line came in at No.18: “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”.  I was mostly intrigued because I knew, even at that young age, that any movie with one line that good had to be a pretty good movie.  Needless to say, the writing is as impressive as I’d hoped, with plenty of other lines that could have probably competed for a mention.

Story: 2/2

A great post-war crime thriller.  The writing is amazing, with everyone throwing great one-liners.  The plot also takes some well-timed twists that even threw me off guard a little.

Acting: 1.5/2

Cagney is frightening as Cody Jarret, the wily leader of a dangerous gang.  Edmond O’Brien and Margaret Wycherly are also good in their supporting roles as they help to explore the depths of Cody’s psychosis.

Photography: 1/2

Standard action filming.  Nothing special, but has enough interesting shots to keep the audience in the story.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Good gun effects in the fights. I especially liked the “bullet-hole” effects used during some of the shooting to better portray realism.

Misc: 1.5/2

A shining example of a well-written gang violence action shoot-em-up.  Everything fits well together and fills out the time nicely.

VERDICT: 7.5/10

Good movie!  A must for old film and film writing nerds.

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