White Heat Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

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Cody Jarrett, leader of a gang of robbers, is an eccentric personality: he is a sadistic killer, has bouts of epilepsy, and has a relationship with his mother that is too close for comfort. To avoid a long jail sentence for his latest crime, he admits his guilt to a lesser crime in another state and is sent to jail. One of his cellmates is a police officer planted to gain Jarrett's trust. In the meantime, the gang is taken over by a rival who kills Jarrett's mother in rage, the news of which causes Jarrett to lose much of his grip on reality. The jailmates break out and are cornered at a chemical plant, enacting a powerful scene that has gone down in cinema history.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   eccentricity Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   abuse in prison story Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Escape/Rescue?    -   escape/rescue from prison/confinement Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Coping with loss of    -   Momma

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Any profanity?    -   None

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