One of James Cagney's Greatest Roles
This impressive crime film is anchored by James Cagney's unhinged portrayal of Cody Jarrett. Before Goodfellas and The Departed, Jarrett was the original angry gangster - conniving, sporatic, violent, and sarcastic. Cagney owns every frame in a gangster film that pioneers the genre with a realistic prison breakout sequence and quotable line after quotable line. Cagney's tragic and fiery conclusion is one of the great scenes in movie history.