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City Heat (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  7 December 1984 (USA)
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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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Caroline Howley
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Primo Pitt
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Ginny Lee
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Dehl Swift
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Leon Coll
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Troy Roker
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Dub Slack
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Fat Freddy
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Garage Soldier
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
Counterman Louie
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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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Release Date:

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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One of a number of period comedies directed by Richard Benjamin. The films include Mermaids (1990), City Heat (1984), Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), My Favorite Year (1982), Racing with the Moon (1984) and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mike Murphy: [to Speer as he and Speer are trying to get information from a hoodlum] *After* we get the information, *then* you can kill him.
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Features Horse Feathers (1932) See more »

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Get Happy
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Sung by Irene Cara
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What a disappointment
20 November 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

There's no excuse for this movie being as bad as it is. Given the talent involved, absolute minimal effort would have made it a memorable film, significant effort would probably have pushed it to the level of classic. However, Clint Eastwood is as wooden as ever, he's unlikeable, unbelievable and forgettable in this. Burt Reynolds seems desperately grasping in every scene for a funny moment and finds none. They have zero chemistry with each other, nor do they have any real chemistry with the the rest of the characters, which despite being well cast are also all one-dimensional and uninteresting. The story is poorly slapped together, boring and simply doesn't work. The production value is actually good but the story and execution are crap. It's seems as if all the effort went into preproduction and the filming was an after thought. They had to have really gone out of their way to sabotage this thing, but apparently they did. It's crap.


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