“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.
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.
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.
Standard action filming. Nothing special, but has enough interesting shots to keep the audience in the story.
Good gun effects in the fights. I especially liked the “bullet-hole” effects used during some of the shooting to better portray realism.
A shining example of a well-written gang violence action shoot-em-up. Everything fits well together and fills out the time nicely.
Good movie! A must for old film and film writing nerds.