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Red Heat (1988)

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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Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)
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Richard Bright ...
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Salim
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Hooker
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Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)
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Streak
Gloria Delaney ...
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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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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,994,648 (USA)
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Trivia

Red Heat was partially re-cut to be shorter movie. Amongst the scenes which were deleted there was an entire part of the plot cut which included Viktor's wife Cat trying to help Art and other cops to set up a trap for Viktor in a park during the baseball game while he is on some deal, but it turns out that Viktor was lying to Cat and cops are left empty handed. Removal of these scenes and some others is reason why right after the hotel shootout between Danko and Cleanheads last act of the movie seems too fast paced and not really that well explained. Novelization of the movie however includes all deleted scenes. See more »

Goofs

The heroin that Ridzik places in Streak's pocket during the questioning is visible, gone and then visible again. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Danko: [speaking in Russian] Let's go. All of you
Viktor Rostavili: [speaking in Russian] Why do you always pick on us Georgians? We are just simple people. Maybe that is why we are such easy prey.
Vagran Rostavili: [speaking in Russian] What's this country coming to?! This is like the old days! We are not guilty of anything!
Sacha: [speaking in Russian] Where is your evidence?
Ivan Danko: [grabs Sacha and throws him to the ground, then grabs Sacha's prosthetic leg and pulls it, turns it over and a white powder comes out and speaking in Russian] Cocaine.
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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 »

Connections

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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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