In this action thriller, Denzel Washington plays Nick Styles, the assistant district attorney of L.A. The film opens in his early days as a cop on the L.A.P.D. During a carnival, master criminal Earl Talbot Blake creates a scene after a botched drug deal. Styles and Blake confront each other, during which Blake is wounded by Styles and later sent to prison. Seven years later, Blake escapes from prison during a parole board hearing to carry out his revenge against Styles, and what follows is a violent series of events that destroys Styles' career. This sets the stage for one last bloody duel between Styles and Blake. Written by
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This is one case that's going to be settled out of court.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content
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Did You Know?
The fight scene in the prison cafeteria between John Lithgow
and Jesse Ventura
recreates the final duel from Russell Mulcahy
's earlier film Highlander
(1986). There are multiple visual references, including the use of swords, the foley effects, the back-lit windows, and the camera angles, including the famous tracking shot of the camera rolling along the floor. See more
When Styles is playing basketball against Odessa near the beginning of the movie, you can clearly see the face of a stunt double with much darker skin, who is driving and slam-dunking the basketball rather than Denzel Washington. See more
Earl Talbot Blake
I'm gonna do something far worse than kill you. I'm gonna let you live.
Features White Heat
Words and Music by Brock Walsh
and Mark Goldenberg
Published by MCA Music Publishing, a Division of MCA Inc., Music Corporation of Amercia, Inc. and Fleedleedle Music. Rights administered by MCA Music Publishing,
a Division of MCA Inc.
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