A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal lives with their professional lives.

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Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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$67,436,000 (USA)
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In L.A. Takedown (1989), Val Kilmer's role was played by Peter Dobson. Dobson had played Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump (1994), a role played by Kilmer in True Romance (1993). Mykelti Williamson also appeared in Forrest Gump (1994). See more »

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How was Donald Breedan planning to hide his share of the money stolen from his parole officer? His parole officer knows how much his salary is from the diner and Donald has to report to him on a regular basis. See more »

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Construction Clerk: Check, charge, or cash?
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Pacino and De Niro together... simply great !
13 January 1999 | by (Haifa, Israel) – See all my reviews

Most of the comments I've read here agree that this is a great movie. I have the same opinion. The coffee shop scene tells everything about this film: 10/10. The human side of the characters is perfectly explored, especially concerning De Niro's character (Neil). His personal conflicts are as strong as his determination and skills as a gangster. This is the magic of this film and only two fantastic actors like Pacino and De Niro could represent it so totally. Congratulations to Val Kilmer that shined and performed exceptionally well under the huge shadow of Pacino and De Niro. A must see !


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