Framed con-man seeks revenge by planning a racetrack heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ebbet Berens
Det. Leland
Ben Mittleman ...
Tall goon
Nino Surdo ...
Short goon
Shelton Redden ...
Chino 'Fats' Williams ...
Art Frankel ...
Andrew Barnicle ...


Neil Skinner, once a San Diego racetrack-security consultant, is now an ex-con who was framed by his ex-partner, Ebbet. Ebbet now controls track security as well as Neil's ex-girlfriend, Sheila. Neil now wants to revenge himself by stealing the day's take, and he enlists the help of several track regulars, including a janitor, a security guard, an and an ambulance driver. The money switches hands, cars chase each other over the Mexican border and back, and it's a struggle to see who will out-con whom. Written by Kathy Li

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He had four years to plan his revenge and one week to pull it off.


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16 September 1989 (USA)  »

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The Hei$t  »

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A scene of a car going from Del Mar, California, south to Mexico shows the Carlsbad flower fields, but Carlsbad flower fields are well north of Del Mar, not south. See more »


Ebbet Berens: And you still say you didn't do it? Well then, if you spent four years in prison for something you didn't do, what does that say Neil?
Neil Skinner: I going to take you. You won't know where and you won't know when, but you'll feel me over your shoulder. You'll wake up in the middle of the night from a bad dream and you'll know I'm coming.
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A Mi Manera
("Comme d'Habitude")
Music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibault
Performed by The Gipsy Kings
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7 April 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Leave it to Pierce Brosnan to be in the worst movie HBO ever made. The network's movies have received numerous award nominations, but The Heist is totally light-weight. Brosnan wears scuzzy clothes and has no charm in this movie. His character pursues a woman who abandoned him when he was arrested and returned all the letters he sent her from jail. When he sees her again, she makes it clear she's not interested, but he still thinks she loves him. Later, she vacillates between Brosnan and Tom Skerritt, just to see who will end up on top. The sex scene isn't even sexy because all you can see is an isolated shot of a man's butt, indicating it's not even Brosnan but a double.

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