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Red Heat (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  17 June 1988 (USA)
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A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

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Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)
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Storyline

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Georgian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays his temporary partner on the Chicago police. When the drug dealer escapes, the two police must overcome their differences in order to recapture him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Moscow's toughest detective. Chicago's craziest cop. There's only one thing worse than making them mad. Making them partners.


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Dimitri  »

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$34,994,648 (USA)
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Trivia

In the scene at the fitness studio where Viktor 'Rosta' Rostavili's girlfriend works, people are exercising to music. The record they are dancing to is Ramos - Jackin' National Anthem. This is a very early House Music track. House music originated in Chicago where the film is set, but at that time would not have been well known outside of Chicago. Chicago spawned this music genre and this is the earliest use of House Music in mainstream movies. Around the time of the making of this film, Acid House was just starting. This music was also from Chicago but relatively unknown outside the city at the time was produced using a Japanese synthesizer called a Roland TB-303. 303 is also the hotel room number that Arnold Schwarzenegger stays in. See more »

Goofs

In the article by Fowler in the London Times there is the word "kilometers" with the American spelling rather than the British spelling "kilometres". It is very unlikely that an article by a British journalist in a British newspaper would use this spelling. It is also unlikely a British newspaper would use Kilometres, as Britain still uses imperial miles, road signs, speed limits etc are all still stated in Miles. Although for smaller measurements, the metric system is used, Kilo's instead of Pounds and Centimetres in place of inches. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Danko: [commenting on Chicago, USA] Very strange city. The crime is organized; the police is not.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits certain letters are reversed so as to imitate Russian Cyrillic script. In particular, "Rs" and "Ns" are reversed. See more »

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Soundtracks

DISKO YUK
Keprohi Music (BMI)
Written and Performed by Michael Welsh
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Marx all the right buddy-cop movie boxes.
11 August 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Man-mountain Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger plays a Russian cop (Captain Danko) sent to Chicago to track down and deal with a nefarious drug dealer (played by Ed O'Ross who is all sweaty, unshaven bad guy). It's personal, it's gonna get ballistic and it's all made more entertaining by the fact that he's paired up with James Belushi back when James Belushi was still pretty funny.

Ahhhhh, it's easy to slip on those glasses with the slightly rose tint and praise this as a modern action classic the way they used to make 'em. And the fact is . . . . . . it IS.

The set-up is simplicity itself, there aren't really any twists and turns to tax your brain, Walter Hill directs the action assuredly and all the fun is to be had from watching Ah-nuld and Belushi wreak havoc as they try to bring the bad guys to task.

Throw in a supporting cast that includes Peter Boyle as the standard put-upon boss, Larry Fishburne (before he was Lawrence), Gina Gershon and the magnificent Brion James (R.I.P) in a small but memorable scene and you have guaranteed good times for those wanting a testosterone-fuelled action movie with some amusing lines thrown in every so often.

Not the funniest comedy or the best action movie, not even the best movie featuring either of the leads, but undemanding fun from the late 80s with rampant carnage that will inevitably lead to a considerable amount of paperwork (ref: Hot Fuzz, oh yes).

See this if you like: Hot Fuzz, Lethal Weapon 3, Commando.


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