Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

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Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

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This was originally meant to be a pilot for a new television series but it never materialized so Michael Mann re-made the movie into Heat (1995). However, eventually, Mann did create a series inspired by this called Robbery Homicide Division (2002). See more »

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The exterior after bar scene when Hanna is following Lillian on the sidewalk, the boom Mic shadow is frequently seen chasing above/behind the quarreling actors. See more »

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Referenced in Heat (1995) See more »

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Worth watching for the curiosity value
19 June 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Essentially a dry run for 'Heat', a modern classic that I find pretty dull; but even at half the length 'L.A. Takedown' is twice as boring. There isn't much time to set up the characters, so Scott Plank (tee hee) and Alex McArthur aren't too convincing as the cop and the crook, respectively, and there isn't much tension between them.

This isn't the film's fault, but I couldn't help comparing it to 'Heat' and ticking off which characters were played by other actors in the superior version. Plank and McArthur in this one, Pacino and DeNiro in the redo - you can't really compete with that, can you? The famous shootout and confrontation scenes are present and correct but pack nothing like the same punch. It's a footnote of a movie.


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