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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:
Art Ridzik (as James Belushi)
Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)
Richard Bright ...
Sgt. Gallagher
J.W. Smith ...
Night Clerk
Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)
Gloria Delaney ...
TV Announcer


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  »

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Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)


$34,994,648 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Hill wanted to use buses rather than cars in the climactic action scene because it would be more interesting. "Also, I thought it was very appropriate for Arnold. He doesn't fit well in cars." See more »


The teleprinter at the Moscow militia headquarters is seen printing a message in Russian but in the Latin alphabet. Equipment used by the Soviet government would undoubtedly allow the Cyrillic alphabet to be used. See more »


Commander Lou Donnelly CPD: Since I figure cops are cops the world over, how do you Soviets deal with all the tension and stress?
Ivan Danko: Vodka.
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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 »


References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »


Op.74: "The Philosophers"
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
Arranged and Conducted by James Horner
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User Reviews

A buddy film that works and works well
12 March 2003 | by (Northridge, California) – See all my reviews

Red Heat is a surprisingly good movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi have good chemistry in this Russian cop/cop buddy film. In this film at least it makes sense for Arnie to have an accent. There is some good lines and the back and forth between these two is pretty funny sometimes. When Jim Belushi plays a cop he puts on this irreverant "I don't like the rules but I get things done" style. It is this style combined with Arnold's "complete objective at all costs" style that makes this film work. The footage that was shot in Red Square is breathtaking, and overall the movie manages to take a basic plot and make it entertaining. On a side note, the holdout gun used by the villian (Ed O'Ross) in the movie is pretty damn cool if you're into that kind of thing. Bottom Line: This is worth getting, or you can rent it every once and awhile if you can only take Arnold for so long.

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