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)
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 <>

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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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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Dimitri  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)


$34,994,648 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arnold Schwarzenegger spent three months learning to speak Russian. James Belushi spent two weeks working at a Chicago police district headquarters. See more »


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 »


Abdul Elijah: You want to know what my crime is? My crime was being born. I'm thirty-eight years old, and I've been locked up twenty-six of those. I educated myself in here, and I've come to understand that this country was built on exploiting the black man. Of course, I don't hear anything about brothers in your country. But your country exploits its own people just the same, so I guess that makes me the only Marxist around here, right, comrade? You see, boy, this ain't just no drug deal! This is politics, ...
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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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Keprohi Music (BMI)
Written and Performed by Michael Welsh
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From the golden period of Schwarzenegger
12 December 2009 | by (Türkiye) – See all my reviews

The movie is a very good and stylish action, but such movies are not appreciated in comparison with the recent action movies which is pretty strange. For example, even the rating of awful Transporter 3 is higher than Red Heat. You probably know that critics hate Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Van Damme, also they hate action genre probably, so according to them, Schwarzenegger is an untalented muscle mass who can impress only children and his movies are shame. Schwarzenegger is not a Jack Lemmon or Sean Penn or Brad Pitt, but he has a pulling power and is great acting necessary for action movies? I ask this already asked question. By the way, I think that his performance in The Terminator 2 was outstanding. And as an action star, he is much better than new action stars. He made very bad movies yes, but everyone does that, doesn't? One of the criticisms of the critics is that he kills people, so the movie supports individual justice (killing criminals instead of imprisoning etc.) Well, most of action movies are like that, but they do not object, when it comes Tarantino movies or David Cronenberg movies like A History of Violence. Red Heat does not include a lot of action scenes, or action scenes are not 'big', but it is very stylish thanks to Walter Hill, one of my all time favorite directors and fun. There is a key scene, when I was a child, I used to become Arnold Schwarzenegger and do what he does in the scene. He was one of my childhood heroes. Those days and his films are pleasant memories for me. Returning to Red Heat, it is from Schwarzenegger's golden period. Today, they cannot make action movies like Red Heat.

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