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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)
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Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)
Gloria Delaney ...
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dimitri  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)


$34,994,648 (USA)

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(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ivan Danko uses a gun called "Podbyrin 9.2 mm". Its actually a modified western Desert Eagle Magnum. The Podbyrin does not exist. Its a made up prop for the movie. See more »


At the beginning of the film where they chase the villain he jumps down from a roof and there can be seen several dumpsters. Those were not the kind of dumpsters used in Russia. Those were of western design. See more »


Art Ridzik: Oh, great. We got a pro basketball team coming toward us - with guns!
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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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Op.74: "The Philosophers"
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
Arranged and Conducted by James Horner
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"Name?" "Danko." "You're Welcome!"
25 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A highly entertaining film that stars Anrold Schwarzanagger as tough and dutiful Russian cop Ivan Danko and James Belushi as the undisciplined passionate American cop Art Ridzik. Ed O'Ross is great as the evil drug running Viktor Rosta who escapes to America after Danko busts him in Russia. Danko follows Rosta to America where Commander Lou Donnelly(The late Peter Boyle) assigns Ridzik and his partner Sergeant Gallagher(Richard Bright) to help Danko out with his investigation. When Gallagher is killed by Rosta and his gang, Ridzik flies into a rage and decides to do things Danko's way-Shoot first and think later. With stalwart supporting performances from O'Ross, Boyle, and a younger Laurence Fishburne, and fine directing from Walter Hill, Red Heat is definitely recommended for all Arnie or Belushi fans. A previous comment stated that there were no good 1-liners in this film. That statement is incorrect. It's just that Arnold played the straight man, setting up Jim Belushi for the great lines. 9/10

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