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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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Nino
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Dub Slack
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Fat Freddy
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Garage Soldier
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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

This movie's soundtrack features the song "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)" on its soundtrack. Clint Eastwood, about twenty years later, made an Academy Award winning movie called Million Dollar Baby (2004) which incidentally didn't feature this song, as the score was solely composed by Eastwood. The "Million Dollar Baby" song was composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose. The song is heard in this film sung by Al Jarreau. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Lt. Speer breaks into the mobster's home to get the slug upon which to run ballistics the mobster asks Speer if Speer has a warrant. The movie takes place prior to 1934 and the repeal of prohibition. There was no requirement for police to have warrants to search citizens' property or to seize such property until the 1940's. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Howley: [Speer and Murphy have just rescued her from kidnappers] Well, it's about time!
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Features Horse Feathers (1932) See more »

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Million Dollar Baby
Lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Al Jarreau
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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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