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In my country this TV show was a big hit. Since it was aired during nineties when Yugoslavia was wrecked with economic problems and ethnic strife you can imagine that tropical scenery and well-endowed women meant a lot to a teenage fan. There were also graffiti all over the city proclaiming 'Sloter Nice, Zarkovo ti kl ice!!' (Nick Slaughter, Suburbia of Zarkovo is cheering for you). Although this TV show had only two seasons we had a dubious privilege to see it almost twice a day for almost four years. There were people who knew script by heart and could tell you everything about Nick's reluctant partner ex-tennis champ Spider. In a word, I love this show!!!!
"Sweating Bullets" is the best of the five
"Crime Time After Prime Time" CBS-TV shows which
rotated nightly at 11:30 P.M. A pleasing
combination of action, beautiful women and sarcastic wit
with Rob Stewart the ruggedly handsome--like a Steven Seagal/ Alec
Baldwin--cool dude who can really deliver a line;
with his clothes blazing in flames, he crashes through a 2nd floor window
and lands in a swimming pool, face to face with
a gorgeous young woman and says to her, "and I thought I was
"Silk Stalkings" and the other 'Crime Time' shows were also good but not as charming.
As a male Canadian, I have to be blunt and say the best thing about this
show was the combination of tropical scenery and very good looking female
actresses. To me, it has a kind of B grade feel to it, but never goes into
complete and utter mediocrity. The acting is okay, for its genre. The
main actor, Rob Stewart (aka "Nick Slaughter") plays a hard-core detective
with a chip on his shoulder and always has his eye open for a cute female
customer (although distrustful of women). Dunn (aka Sylvie) plays the
stereotypical smart secretary who attempts to keep Nick Slaughter from going
over the line and losing the business. You'd think there would be a type of
sexual tension, but only in a few episodes I've seen were there hints of
innuendo between Nick and Sylvie.
Overall, I really did enjoy this TV show when it ran. I was very
disappointed when they cancelled it (although not surprised, because of its
sheer amount of unoriginal detective-show bunk).
As I said before, the photography of the tropical and beach scenes are quite
good, and almost make you feel like 'you're there'. Just on this aspect
alone, you should at least try to see this show once for yourself - it
cheers you up if you 'got the winter blues'.
If you get a chance, see the first episode for the humourous entrance of
Sylvie into Nick's life as a secretary. I remember lizards being quite a
I really liked it when they showed it in Canada back from 1990-1993 (on
CITV, Edmonton), when I was a teen-ager.
On a final note, I also thought it was interesting that Dunn was born in Cape Breton island, Nova Scotia, Canada, which is only 15 minutes away from where I was born. There was a write-up on her in a local TV guide some years ago (which I have saved somewhere).
I really love the TV show "Tropical Heat" (aka Sweating Bullets). The combination of two very different mainactors (reminds me of "Moonlighting") Rob Stewart (Nick Slaughter) and Carolyn Dunn (Sylvie) with the tropical setting, the only possible car for the P.I., an old blue Jeep CJ7, the most interesting and actionstyled cases and the beautiful women in Nick's life (clients, quickies, ...) is unique and fantastic. The show is so entertaining, it has all I want to see on late evenings. The sad thing is, that they canceled the show after only 3 seasons (Does anyone know WHY?) ... soo many more interesting parts would have been possible ... and there wasn't even a real and understandable ending ... a final episode? Maybe someday we'll see more about the tropical island Key Mariah, the most charming P.I. on TV, Nick Slaughter and his sexy but not-stupid partner Sylvie ... I really hope that the show will be back!
This show was extremely entertaining. I would highly recommend it. I remember in the early 90's watching this show on CBS crime time after prime time at 11:35pm. Right after the CBS news. The scenery and the music puts you in the mood and makes you feel like you're there. I never understood why they stopped filming this show. I wanted to visit Key Mariah myself and have a drink at the Tropical Heat bar. I bought season 1 on DVD. I only hope Tango entertainment puts the rest of the episodes on DVD. Even better.. wouldn't it be great if they brought back the show today? I hope you read this Sam Egan(creator),Rob Stewart(Nick Slaughter)!! Thumbs up!!
I watched the show when it was on after prime time and thought it was a
I was disappointed when it was canceled it still had a long way to go for more seasons.
Rob Stewart is a great actor and this was really his true calling.
The characters of Nick and Sylvie had a chemistry and if the show went longer we might have seen it.
Recently a journalist had a interview with Rob and asked about a movie or maybe a comeback of the series today.
It could be possible hopefully it would be great to see it again.
I have all three seasons on DVD and love to watch them.
Rob is now doing a mini series The Summit being released 3/12/2008.
It says only Canada now but I emailed a few people to see if it would also be released in the USA.
I have see a number of TV shows and movies Rob has done and he was great in all of them.
Some were against his normal character like Nick but he still did great.
His character on Sweating Bullets he said was made for him.
Thr producers wife saw his audition and told her husband to hire him.
It was a good thing he fit the part great.
Hopefully we will see more of Rob Stewart in a lead role again on a TV series.
Or he can actually replace a lead character on a show looking for a new lead that is already popular.
He should have been offered the part on Criminal Minds he would have got more people to watch.
He is a great looking actor that needs more lead roles.
He now lives in Toronto Ontario Canada for the acting roles that his agent gets for him.
It is up to him if he wants the part or not.
Some of his choices are not the main lead in which he should accept.
i used to watch tropical heat when i lived in south Africa. loved it! i was actually looking to buy the 3 series because i was lucky enough to be in an episode. its the episode mentioned by another user with the main man jumping ablaze from a roof into a swimming pool where a woman was swimming, (me, Tina). that was filmed in Johannesburg s.a. around Sept/Oct 92.i don't know if they filmed the whole series there, but i know they were in S.A. for a while.seems like a lifetime ago for me. Rob was really nice. very professional & helpful as i was extremely nervous, but i loved every minute of it. it was the episode "may divorce be with you"
"Tropical Heat" aired in France on July 11, 1992 for the first time on
national channel Antenne 2 (now France-2). Sadly it aired Saturdays
nights at 23h30 to 0h30 when nobody was watching ! (But was re-run
short after on Saturdays afternoons around 5:30 PM). It was a huge
success then (and aired on 6 different channels until now : A2/France
2, RTL9, TMC, Canal Jimmy, Action & SyFy). I simply love the show :
it's entertaining, full of fun & action, with a good cast (Rob
Stewart/Carolyn Dunn & Ian Tracey) that really can act. All episodes
are not constructed with the same aspect and some are really poor to
watch. But there are only a few of them : the rest of the TV-series is
really great. I bought the 3 seasons on DVD (TANGO Editions) and I love
to watch them from time to time. I deplore too the fact that there
never was a Final episode which got produced. I hoped that a TV-movie
would be aired short after the end of the series, but it never came on
screen... Too bad ! Thanx to the DVD(s) to make this show live again !
And if one day it'd start again, I'd be in front of my TV-screen...
Tropical Heat had 3 Seasons of 22 episodes each : First was shot in Mexico (Bucerias & Nuevo Vallarta, NAYARIT & Puerto Vallarta, JALISCO) aired in USA on CBS from April 8, 1991 to February 24, 1992. -according to Sam Egan, the creator of the series, the first episode ever shot was "This Year's Model", which would be considered as the real "Pilot" episode-. Second Season was shot in Eilat (Gulf of Aqaba near the Red Sea), Israel and aired on CBS from April 13, 1992 to March 1st, 1993. Last Season, the Third, was shot in Pretoria & Johannesburg, South Africa (+ beach scenes in Mauritius, at the Maritim Hotel). It aired from May 3 to October 18, 1993. CBS canceled the series because David Letterman came over to CBS and took the 11:30 pm slot for his "Late Show" - according to Rob Stewart for 4motion. Tropical Heat stopped after only 66 episodes... It was the end of a terrific TV-series...
A TV-movie was made from 2 episodes (#10&11) out of Season 2 : "CRISS CROSS : From The Files Of Tropical Heat" (released on DVD in 2008).
Check out the "Slaughter Nick For President" DVD : it's a 73 minutes-long documentary about the success of the TVseries in Eastern Countries as Serbia, released in 2012. On 4motion, Stewart said about a possible revival of the show "Is it probable ? No"... Well... We"ll wait... And see !. (More details below in the section 'discuss SWEATING BULLETS on IMDb Board').
I remember watching this late night in college, along with that
vampire-cop show, FOREVER KNIGHT.
But there was something odd about SWEATING BULLETS that I could never quite put my finger on. The show was set in Florida, but it didn't look like Florida. It was much... sandier. There seemed to be a whole lot of beach, but not much ocean. And the foliage also seemed strange for Florida.
Later I found out that apparently the show started out being filmed in Mexico, but later seasons were filmed in Israel!
Sweating Bullets or Tropical Heat as I knew it in the UK hasn't had as much good press from reviewers as it deserves. People focus on the fact that it was filmed in Mexico, Israel and finally South Africa with beach scenes in Mauritius. Who cares I say, they look just as exciting and colourful as south Florida Keys where it is set. Then people attack the alleged bad acting, plots and scripts, yeah yeah I say, you have the same scenario on any TV show, even Magnum PI, Miami Vice and Silk Stalkings had similar negative issues. What Tropical Heat had loads of, was, charm, plenty of action and humour, and all achieved on a fraction of the budget of similar productions in Hollywood. Rob Stewart, the star and protagonist of Tropical Heat was about twenty-nine years of age when they began filming in 1990(ish) and had only done a few minor roles before this, yet, he held the show up high with his heartfelt, charm-filled boyish performance. Drama, pathos, tragedy and comedy were all thrown into the many types of plot-lines covered within this action show, with Rob weaving his acting skill with the gravitas of a young Pacino or De Niro. The genius even wrote and directed a few episodes. On a smaller than Hollywood budget like this had, many of the crew did other tasks. Harel Goldstein who was Executive Producer also directed, wrote and was even Second Unit Director on some episodes. Another of the writers, R. Scott Gemmill, went on to be a 'main man' on ER. JAG and NCIS LA. Many character traits that our protagonist Nick Slaughter has, appear to have been included in recent fictional characters, eg., Rick Castle in 'Castle' and Tony DiNozzo in NCIS. All these characters share a love of movies, flirt with the ladies, are incredibly mischievous and juvenile and are to quote Nick, probably "The World's Greatest Detective." Mention must go to composer Jeff Danna who scored the show from middle of season 1 and through to end of season 2 for adding a touch of musical class to the show when similar shows were using 'cheesy' jazzy music (like what Tropical early season 1 and ALL of season 3 also had). Mr Danna had what I would describe as 'ground-breaking' music for action crime. The BBC currently have a crime drama that share many of Tropical Heat's attributes, Hawaiian shirts, beach scenes and witty/smart one-liners. Yes, 'Death in Paradise, so I guess the Heat crew were way ahead of their time over twenty years ago. Someone please bring this amazing show back for a new batch of Tropical Heat stories (I have a potential feature-length episode all ready to go). Who knows, maybe Rob is still available..?
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