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Red Heat (1988)

 -  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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Scene was filmed but deleted in which Danko has to proof himself as a strong man to the Cleanheads in prison scene in order to talk with their boss. After lifting some weights, Danko also fights with one of the Cleanheads gang members. Some photos and still shots show this deleted scene. See more »

Goofs

Rostavili, a Georgian, is regularly identified by the Americans as a Russian - a common mistake during the existence of the Soviet Union. See more »

Quotes

Viktor Rostavili: The people have many needs. One is law and order. Other? Entertainment.
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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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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

NEW AGE AGAIN
Keprohi Music (BMI)
Written and Performed by Michael Welsh
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These guys eat too much red meat!
24 March 2011 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Walter Hill is a director known for his tough guy action movies (The Warriors, Extreme Prejudice, Southern Comfort) and in the early 80s he scored big with 48 Hours, a story of mis-matched partners working together to catch the bad guys. He repeated that formula again in 1988 with Red Heat, though it had become a regular cliché by this point.

Ivan Danko is a no-nonsense Soviet cop sent to Chicago to extradite a notorious Russian criminal back to Communist soil. While in America he is teamed-up with easy-going Detective Art Ridzik as they jump over new hurdles and suffer multiple setbacks. As an action comedy it offers a fare amount (but just not enough) of laughs and thrills. Big Arn is amusing a the brick-faced Danko and Belushi (in his first of three appearances in Arnie movies) is likable enough. Peter Boyle and a young Laurence Fishburne help appear in smaller roles as Ridzik's cynical superiors, but are not given much else to do. Gina Gershon (yum yum) shows up as a damsel in distress, but extends the plot without deepening it. Even James Horner's score is kind of middle-ground, neither good nor terrible.

There's no real problem or fault with Red Heat except that is just doesn't offer an exhilarating amount of what it sets up. It's so straight-forward and lacking in mystery and intrigue when it could so easily have written in. A bit of a missed-opportunity, but certainly worth watching and owning for action and Arnie fans.


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