Brogan Morris continues our Al Pacino retrospective with Heat...
On release, Michael Mann’s Heat was sold as a showdown between the two greatest actors of a generation. Al Pacino would play a driven, half-crazed detective named Vincent Hanna, while De Niro would be career criminal Neil McCauley, Hanna’s nemesis by circumstance. But the much-hyped coffee shop scene the two actors share together would come and, ultimately, underwhelm. Not because the scene is badly written or because Pacino and De Niro lack chemistry – it was because Heat was always so much more than its casting coup. It was, and is, the crime epic of the 90s.
Pacino and De Niro are supported by a triumphant cast: Tom Noonan, Natalie Portman, Ted Levine, Wes Studi, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore pre-career suicide and a relatively restrained Val Kilmer all lend colour to the broad canvas on which Heat is drawn. Pacino steals the show, »
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