Las Vegas is the backdrop for all the torrid action of heat, as Burt Reynolds plays the soft-hearted bodyguard who's out to protect his friends.


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Reynolds plays an ex-soldier-of-fortunish character in Vegas, taking "Chaperone" jobs, fighting with the mob, and trying to get enough money together to move to Venice, Italy. Written by Ron Plumley <Ron@PeachNet.EDU>

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Nick Escalante isn't a violent man by nature. He's just good at it. [Theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banco  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


$34,493,095 (USA)

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Burt Reynolds and Director Dick Richards came to blows on the film. When the smoke settled, Richards had a broken jaw, courtesy of Reynolds. Noted TV Director Jerry Jamieson was brought in to complete the film. Richards later successfully sued Reynolds for damages in court. See more »


In the fight lesson between Mex and Cyrus. Mex punches Cyrus in the face which result in a nose bleed. A couple of frames later the nose bleed is gone. But it reappears during their dialog later. See more »


[His qualifications.]
Mex: Well, I've been knocked down, blown up, lied to, shit on, shot at, I'm not a virgin except in my heart, nothing much surprises me anymore except what people do to each other. I'm a licensed pilot, I lectured on economics at Yale, and I can memorize the front page of the New York Times in five minutes, and repeat it back to you in five weeks. I was National Golden Gloves Champion three years in a row and I'm fluent in four languages. And... I lie a lot!
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Mystic Jedi Burt
4 February 2004 | by (Land of Chalk Drawings) – See all my reviews

I found this movie in a drunken stupor in the cheap movie bin at Wal Mart, and being the Burt Reynolds fan that I am, I picked it up. What that DVD case contained was one of the most ridiculous ever. Burt Reynolds break's a dude's leg by kicking him, slashes another guy's face with a credit card...and that's just the start of all the fun! AT the end of the film, he pushes a wall over on a bad guy, inpales on with a medal rod onto a circuit board, electrocuting him...then the best one of the film...he throws gasoline all over some poor shmuck, then Burt proceeds to jump 30 feet in the air, kick out a light bulb, which sets the gas-soaked man ablaze. Oh yeah, he also uses his the Force to pick up a butter knife when startled by the guy from Ghostbusters 2. COnfused yet? Hope so. This movie will make ya that way, so be prepared, young ones. I give this movie my best rating possible---5 bong hits out of 5!!!

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