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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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Ginny Lee
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Dehl Swift
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Leon Coll
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Troy Roker
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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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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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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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Trivia

Madeline Kahn plays the part of Caroline Howley in a role that original writer-director Blake Edwards intended for his wife Julie Andrews. 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: [the phone rings again after Murphy hangs up on his girlfriend, but Murphy makes the mistake in thinking it is his girlfriend calling him again] Ok, I'll come over and buff your body and put a nice glow to your cheeks.
Lt. Speer: And I'll bring a nice foot to your ass.
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References Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) See more »

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Montage Blues
Music by Lennie Niehaus
Pianists: Mike Lang, Pete Jolly and Clint Eastwood
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Were Our Expectations Too High? Certainly, But With Reason
13 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember a lot of people, not just me, being disappointed in this film. With Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood in the starring roles, we all excepted a really entertaining, good movie. All the publicity made us even more anxious to see it. Well, it never lived up to the hype. I don't know anyone who left the theater satisfied when this was over.

This points out an important fact: screen writing is more important than the cast. You can have two charismatic actors, as we have here who are big box-office draws, but if the script stinks the movie is going to be a flop. I don't blame Reynolds or Eastwood. They didn't write this story which is dismal, makes no sense in a few parts (disjointed) and simply is not entertaining. It's pretty hard to have two stars, a good premise, the 1930s as a backdrop, and still have a unlikeable movie!

To be fair, part of the problem was the expectation. It obviously was too high for this film, which didn't deliver to meet everyone's high expectations. Maybe if you've never seen and keep your expectations low, you'll enjoy it. And - if for no other reason - it's still interesting to see those guys star in the same film.


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