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Red Heat -- A Moscow cop is sent to Chicago to pick up a Soviet narcotics mobster but when the criminal escapes, the Soviet cop teams up with an American to hunt down the criminal.
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Release Date:
17 June 1988 (USA) See more »
Moscow's toughest detective. Chicago's craziest cop. There's only one thing worse than making them mad. Making them partners.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Ivan Danko

James Belushi ... Art Ridzik

Peter Boyle ... Lou Donnelly

Ed O'Ross ... Viktor Rostavili

Laurence Fishburne ... Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)

Gina Gershon ... Cat Manzetti
Richard Bright ... Sgt. Gallagher
J.W. Smith ... Salim

Brent Jennings ... Abdul Elijah

Gretchen Palmer ... Hooker

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Night Clerk

Mike Hagerty ... Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)

Brion James ... Streak
Gloria Delaney ... Intern

Peter Jason ... TV Announcer

Oleg Vidov ... Yuri Ogarkov
Saveliy Kramarov ... Gregor Moussorsky (as Savely Kramarov)
Gene Scherer ... Consul Stepanovich
Tengiz Borisoff ... Josip Baroda
Roger Callard ... Pytor Tatomovich
Gábor Koncz ... Vagran Rostavili
Géza Balkay ... Col. Kulikov
Zsolt Körtvélyessy ... Lt. Redetsky

János Bán ... Officer
Tiger Chung Lee ... Mongol Hippy (as Masanori Toguchi)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Nikolai
Norbert Növényi ... Sacha
Istvan Etlenyi ... Yegor
George Gati ... Piano Player
Peter Marikovsky ... Waiter
Gábor Németh ... Gangster (as Gabor Nemeth)
Istvan Vajas ... Gangster
Peter Kis ... Gangster
Atilla Fási ... Gangster
Eric Mansker ... Ali
Lew Hopson ... Jamal

Jason Ronard ... Nelligan
Gigi Vorgan ... Officer Audrey

Allan Graf ... Joliet Prison Guard

Kurt Fuller ... Detective

Bruno Alexander ... Detective (as Bruno Acalinas)
Christopher Mankiewicz ... Cop in Hospital
Bob O'Donnell ... Bernie the Newsie
Marjorie Bransfield ... Waitress
Luis Contreras ... Lupo
Christopher Anthony Young ... Hooligan
William McConnell ... Police Photographer
Ed DeFusco ... Police Photographer

Joey D. Vieira ... Man at Phone Booth

Michael Adams ... Railroad Engineer (as Mike Adams)
Jonathan Tate ... Prison Cleanhead (as Jonathon Tate)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Anthony ... Man in Police Station (uncredited)
Kevin Bassett ... Extra (uncredited)
Jorga Caye ... Police Office clerk (uncredited)
Alexander Conte ... Soviet Police Commander (uncredited)
Eric Humphrey ... Clean Head Gangster (uncredited)

Jenifer Lewis ... Judge Jenifer Lewis (uncredited)
Michael Markovina ... Bus Terminal Caddy (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
Writing credits
Walter Hill (story)

Harry Kleiner (screenplay) &
Walter Hill (screenplay) and
Troy Kennedy-Martin (screenplay) (as Troy Kennedy Martin)

Produced by
Gordon Carroll .... producer
Walter Hill .... producer
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)
Mae Woods .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Donn Aron 
Carmel Davies 
Freeman A. Davies  (as Freeman Davies)
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
John Vallone 
Art Direction by
Michael Corenblith 
László Rajk 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
Costume Design by
Dan Moore 
Makeup Department
Jeff Dawn .... makeup artist
Egonné Endrényi .... additional makeup artist (as Judit Endrényiné)
Erzsébet Forgács .... makeup artist
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Production Management
Dirk Petersmann .... unit production manager
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor: Carolco
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Caliendo .... first assistant director: second unit
Bennie E. Dobbins .... second unit director (as Bennie Dobbins)
James Dyer .... first assistant director (as James R. Dyer)
Richard J. Levin .... dga trainee (as Richard Levin)
Tom Phillips .... second assistant director: additional photography
Lorraine Raglin .... second second assistant director
Barry K. Thomas .... second assistant director (as Barry Thomas)
Gábor Váradi .... assistant director: Hungary (as Gabor Varadi)
Art Department
Erin M. Cummins .... assistant art director (as Erin Cummins)
Giovanni Ferrara .... paint foreman
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator
Robert E. Knight .... paint foreman
Airick Kredell .... leadman (as Airick W. Kredell)
Tony Leonardi .... standby painter (as Anthony Leonardi)
Bob Myers .... construction labor foreman
Nick Navarro .... set designer
Jeff Passanante .... construction foreman
Tom Shaw Jr. .... assistant property master (as Tom Shaw)
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter
Mike Villarino .... propmaker
Rick Young .... property master
Michael W. Moore .... prop maker (uncredited)
Frank White .... labor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor (as Frederick J. Brown)
Shelley Brown .... assistant sound editor
James Cavarretta .... sound recordist
John S. Coffey .... cable person (as John Coffey)
John S. Coffey .... sound mixer: second unit
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... adr editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Richard Bryce Goodman .... production sound mixer
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Constance A. Kazmer .... adr editor (as Constance Kazmer)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor (as Elliott L. Koretz)
János Köporosy .... boom operator: Hungary
Kathy McCart .... sound recordist
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauren Palmer .... adr editor
Rodger Pardee .... sound editor
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production sound supervisor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
David Fletcher .... special effects technician
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects supervisor (as Bruce Steinheimer)
Michael Adams .... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Sándor Boros .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt coordinator (as Bennie Dobbins)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt driver
Allan Graf .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
György Kivés .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Ferenc Novinecz .... stunts
Gábor Piroch .... stunt performer
John Sherrod .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunt performer
Kay Whipple .... stunts
Diane Kay Grant .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Kent .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joel Kramer .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Barcroft .... best boy grip
Kevin Bassett .... second unit camera
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer
Kelly R. Borisy .... dolly grip
Bob Fillis .... best boy electric
Michael Kohnhorst .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John R. Leonetti .... camera operator (as John Leonetti)
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Ryne Niner .... camera technician
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator (as Mike St. Hilaire)
Stephen J. Ullman .... second camera assistant (as Steve Ullman)
Michael D. Weldon .... first camera assistant (as Mike Weldon)
Bill Winter .... first camera assistant
William Allen Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ferne Cassel .... casting assistant
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting: Chicago (uncredited)
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Callahan .... costumer: men
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costumer: women
Dan Moore .... costume supervisor
Péter Palotás .... costumer
Gabor Szabo .... costumer
Editorial Department
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Yôko Seto .... first assistant editor (as Yoko Seto)
Location Management
Robert H. Lemer .... location manager (as Robert Lemer)
Music Department
Nancy Fogarty .... music editor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Donald R. Casella .... transportation coordinator
Tim Roslan .... driver captain
Other crew
John Acevedo .... production assistant
Linda C. Adams .... assistant production coordinator
Frans J. Afman .... production financing: Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland N.V.
Kim Balser .... assistant to executive producers
Kevin Bassett .... production assistant
Xochi Blymyer .... production assistant
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Christopher Conkling .... assistant accountant
Xochitl Contis .... assistant to executive producers
Kathleen M. Courtney .... assistant production coordinator
Robert Easton .... dialogue coach
Ginger Farley .... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Mark Gomes .... choreographer
Michael Greenwood .... production assistant
Regina Gruss .... publicist
Lisa Hanock .... assistant: Walter Hill
Gary Harper .... special weapons designer
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Howard Keys .... first aid
Robert F. Kocourek .... production accountant
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Ross L. Kulma .... paramedic
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Michael Pitt .... production assistant
Nigel Rick .... production assistant
Kris Robinson .... assistant accountant
Don Speakman .... craft service
David M. Thornton .... production assistant (as David Thornton)
Andrew G. Vajna .... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Jill Vandermeer .... production coordinator
Géza Varga .... caterer
Renee Wilson .... assistant to executive producers
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Michael Boddicker .... special acknowledgment
Al Cohn .... special acknowledgment: Illinois Film Commission
James Cunningham .... special acknowledgment: Chicago Police Department (as Sgt. Jim Cunningham)
Kathryn Darrell .... special acknowledgment: City of Chicago Film Commission
Bennie E. Dobbins .... film dedicated to the memory of (as Bennie Dobbins)
Phil Eubanks .... special acknowledgment: Los Angeles International Airport
Brandon Fields .... special acknowledgment
Charles Geocaris .... special acknowledgment: City of Chicago Film Commission
Suzy Kellet .... special acknowledgment: Illinois Film Commission (as Suzy Kellett)
Chris Knapton .... special acknowledgment: Metra Rail of Chicago
Kazu Matsui .... special acknowledgment
Mike McDonagh .... special acknowledgment: Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company
Steve Schaeffer .... special acknowledgment (as Steven Schaeffer)
Neil Stubenhaus .... special acknowledgment
Ian Underwood .... special acknowledgment

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Red Bull" - Japan (English title)
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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:18 (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) | South Korea:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (Certificate #29177) | West Germany:16 (theatrical rating) (cut)
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Did You Know?

Walter Hill, thinking Arnold Schwarzenegger was too muscular, asked him to lose ten pounds for his role and James Belushi, to gain ten pounds.See more »
Continuity: When the bus driven by Arnold Schwarzenegger crashes through the fountain, its left headlight is smashed. However, several later shots of the bus show both headlights are still functioning.See more »
Art Ridzik:You were talking to that jazzball so long I thought about having my head shaved.
Ivan Danko:It could be a good idea.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
These guys eat too much red meat!, 24 March 2011
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

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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