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City Heat (1984)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginny Lee
Dehl Swift
Leon Coll
Lonnie Ash
Troy Roker
Jude Farese ...
Fat Freddy
Jack Thibeau ...
Garage Soldier
Counterman Louie


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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Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kansas City Heat  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,301,694, 9 December 1984, Wide Release

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Burt Reynolds had initially suggested Richard Kiel, his longtime friend and co-star from The Longest Yard (1974) and Cannonball Run II (1984), for the part as the villainous thug Troy Roker. But Clint Eastwood refused because he had the intention to use Kiel in his next film, Pale Rider (1985). See more »


As Murphy gets things together to go meet Pitt, he opens a drawer and takes out several ammunition clips for an automatic pistol and puts them in his pockets. When Murphy gets to the street to be caught in the gun fight, he pulls out a revolver. See more »


Addy: [she and Speer are sharing a drink from a bottle of illegal booze labeled furniture polish] Wow! This really is furniture polish!
Lt. Speer: Shocking what Prohibition causes some people to drink these days.
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References Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) See more »


Let's Do It
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Rudy Vallee
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A little humid, but fun
28 October 2003 | by 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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