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City Heat (1984)

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A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

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Storyline

Kansas City in the 1930s: private investigator Mike Murphy's partner is brutally murdered when he tries to blackmail a mobster with his secret accounting records. When a rival gang boss goes after the missing records, ex-policeman Murphy is forced to team up again with his ex-partner Lieutenant Speer, even though they can't stand each other, to fight both gangs before KC erupts in a mob war. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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When a hotshot cop and a wise-guy detective get together... the heat is on! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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7 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kansas City Heat  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$38,300,000 (USA)
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Clint Eastwood's thirteenth film for the Warner Brothers studio. See more »

Goofs

In the gunfight scene in the street, when Lt. Speer is walking down the street with the pump-action shotgun, the audio is of the action being operated in one fluid motion, while the video shows the action being pulled open, Speer pauses momentarily, and then closes the action, with no sound. See more »

Quotes

Mike Murphy: [Speer has silently entered Murphy's office] I didn't hear you knock, Lieutenant.
Lt. Speer: What a relief. I thought I must be going deaf.
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Features Horse Feathers (1932) See more »

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City Heat
Music and Lyrics by Irene Cara and Bruce Roberts
Sung by Joe Williams
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Underrated and under appreciated
16 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This doesn't deserve all the hate it gets.If the finished film doesn't quite come together as it should,it comes down to the fact that the shooting was a troubled production.Two actresses quitting their roles,a director been replaced and Burt Reynolds suffering an injury that caused him to become addicted to painkillers and becoming increasingly difficult to work with,and forcing Clint Eastwood to handle a lot of the tension amongst the cast and director.Bearing all that in mind,this is still far from been the worst of it's kind.

Set in the 30's,former police partners Eastwood and Reynolds are caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs when Reynolds' sidekick Richard Roundtree (Shaft)tries to con the local Mr.Big.The plot is a little confusing at first but by the halfway point everything makes sense and sets up the film's action-packed second half.

There's plenty to enjoy here.Eastwood and Reynolds' banter (despite his difficulties during,Reynolds still does quite well)the settings,and the shootouts.One of the best things about the shootouts is the lack of intrusive music on the soundtrack which for me ruins a lot of movies.

This is a surprisingly pleasing combination of comedy and film noir thriller,with Eastwood in particular sending up his own macho image at every opportunity.


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