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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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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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Take Clint the street-smart cop . . . take Burt the wise-guy private eye . . . and then take cover! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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7 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$38,348,988
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Reportedly, stars Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood had been talking about doing a movie together for a number of years before this film project finally came to fruition. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Lt. Speer: It wouldn't break my heart at all to scrape the street clean of your ilk. You know what an 'ilk' is, don't ya Dub?
Dub Slack: A big deer?
Lt. Speer: Yeah. Now if I catch you loitering around my precinct again I'm gonna shoot me an ilk, do you understand?
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Eloise Laws
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Not Your Pink Panther, Nor Your Day Punk
4 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the only times that Clint Eastwood & Burt Reynolds got together. The casting is with great imagination. It was actually made at a good time for both actors and the support cast is good. So what went wrong? Blake Edwards script for this one is just not as funny as other films he wrote. The situation seems contrived and this was a time when Eastwood was doing actions films. The action is just missing here. While Reynolds could do comedy, it seems that both actors didn't get to do in this movie what sold tickets for their fans.

When the movie ends, it just kind of ends in a stand off and you get the feeling like you needed an ending that just isn't here. It is fun seeing these two actors together in this film, but the script is the missing element. Richard Benjamin, a funny man directed, and I am surprised he didn't do better with it as he knows what good comedy is.

While the movie is fun, it is not funny enough. Blake Edwards saved better material for his Pink Panther movies I guess.


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