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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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Storyline

A mutually uneasy alliance is formed between the stern Captain Ivan Danko of the Moscow Police and his American equivalent, the Chicago Detective Art Ridzik when the latter captures Viktor Rostavili, a dangerous Georgian drug kingpin. With his partner murdered by Viktor's hands, Ivan lands in Chicago to extradite the crime lord back to Russia, however, when he manages to escape, a frenzied chase in the bustling downtown will begin. In the end, to bring down the ruthless criminal, are the two reluctant comrades who are worlds apart willing to put their differences aside? Written by Nick Riganas

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,133,822 (USA) (19 June 1988)

Gross:

$34,994,648 (USA)
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to its stunt coordinator, Bennie E. Dobbins. Dobbins died of a heart attack on the set while staging the film's snow fight scene in Ramsau, Austria. See more »

Goofs

In the hotel shoot out scene - just before the cleanheads starts shooting at Arnold. The small charge designed to look like a bullet hit goes off before the actual shot is fired. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Danko: Tea, please.
Art Ridzik: In a glass, with lemon, right?
Ivan Danko: [surprised] Yes.
Art Ridzik: Yeah. I saw Dr. Zhivago.
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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

Referenced in Castle: Dead Red (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

DISKO YUK
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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