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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The scene of McCauley standing against a window and watching the ocean was inspired by the painting "Pacific" by Alex Colville. See more »

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Neil's crew is stealing over twelve million dollars from the bank divided up into three very large duffle bags slung over their shoulders. With that much money, each bag would weigh over eighty pounds each, yet when they are escaping from the bank, they are running with the bags of money as if they weighed next to nothing. See more »

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