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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)  »

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Kansas City Heat  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$38,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Prior to starring together in this movie, stars Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood had actually appeared together before about six years earlier, not in a film though, but on the cover of the 9th January 1978 edition of world renowned 'Time' Magazine. The cover ran a banner headline declaring "Hollywood's Honchos - Burt Reynolds - Clint Eastwood'" thus Reynolds had first billing and Eastwood second on the cover of 'Time'. This movie actually had the reverse of this billing, Eastwood being first and Reynolds second. The 'Time' story itself lead with the headline: "Good Ole Burt; Cool-Eyed Clint". See more »

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This first time Murphy (Burt Reynolds) visits his apartment, he switches on his 1930s era radio, which instantly begins playing music, as a modern one would. This is incorrect - a radio of that era contained vacuum tubes, and it would have taken the radio several minutes to "warm up" before any music could be heard. See more »

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Little Red: [Murphy has just crashed through a bordello window on Little Red and her client, who's dressed as Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf in headmask and nightgown] Murphy!
Mike Murphy: Hi, Marie!
Little Red: What do you think you're doin'?
Mike Murphy: I'm about to do to a couple of hoods what you're about to do to the congressman.
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Let's Do It
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Rudy Vallee
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A little humid, but fun
28 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By most accounts, Clint Eastwood hijacked his long-awaited teaming with fellow superstar Burt Reynolds and the credits bear this out. After showing writer-director Blake Edwards the door, Eastwood recruited the more malleable Richard Benjamin to direct (in his autobiography, Reynolds said Benjamin was "terrified" of Eastwood), ordered Edwards' script be given a rewrite by Joseph Stinson whose only other credit was the previous year's Dirty Harry film, "Sudden Impact," brought in key players from his Malpaso crew (notably Fritz Manes as producer and Lennie Niehaus as composer), and even dumped Edwards' title, "Kansas City Jazz," in favor of the equally imaginative (I'm kidding) "City Heat."

Despite Dirty Harry's takeover, "City Heat" emerges as a showcase for Reynolds. He has the most screen time and the zippiest dialogue, but playing against a typically wooden Eastwood also heightens the opportunity for Reynolds to reap laughs with his more extroverted approach. The contrast between the two is very entertaining.

Critics were quick to dismiss this Christmas 1984 release as a bomb which it certainly appeared to be beside the Eddie Murphy blockbuster, "Beverly Hills Cop," in release at the same time. It is disappointing (Edwards would likely have given it more class), but by no means a dud. It breezes along at a comfortable pace, mixes its laughs evenly with action, and should make for a satisfying indulgence for fans of the two stars.


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