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Heat -- A Los Angeles crime saga, "Heat" focuses on the lives of two men on opposite sides of the law - one a detective; the other a thief.

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An L.A. Redemption. See more »
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A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Lt. Vincent Hanna

Robert De Niro ... Neil McCauley

Val Kilmer ... Chris Shiherlis

Jon Voight ... Nate

Tom Sizemore ... Michael Cheritto

Diane Venora ... Justine Hanna

Amy Brenneman ... Eady

Ashley Judd ... Charlene Shiherlis

Mykelti Williamson ... Sergeant Drucker

Wes Studi ... Detective Casals

Ted Levine ... Bosko

Dennis Haysbert ... Donald Breedan

William Fichtner ... Roger Van Zant

Natalie Portman ... Lauren Gustafson

Tom Noonan ... Kelso

Kevin Gage ... Waingro

Hank Azaria ... Alan Marciano

Susan Traylor ... Elaine Cheritto
Kim Staunton ... Lillian

Danny Trejo ... Trejo

Henry Rollins ... Hugh Benny

Jerry Trimble ... Schwartz

Martin Ferrero ... Construction Clerk (as Marty Ferrero)
Ricky Harris ... Albert Torena

Tone Loc ... Richard Torena

Begonya Plaza ... Anna Trejo (as Begoña Plaza)

Hazelle Goodman ... Hooker's Mother
Ray Buktenica ... Timmons

Jeremy Piven ... Dr. Bob

Xander Berkeley ... Ralph

Rick Avery ... Armoured Guard
Brad Baldridge ... Children's Hospital Doctor
Andrew Camuccio ... Dominick
Brian Camuccio ... Dominick

Max Daniels ... Shooter at Drive-in
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... Driver at Drive-in
Charles Duke ... Cop
Thomas Elfmont ... Desk Clerk Cop
Kenny Endoso ... Bartender

Kimberly Flynn ... Casals' Date

Steven Ford ... Officer Bruce
Farrah Forke ... Claudia
Hannes Fritsch ... Miracle Mile Bartender
Amanda Graves ... Linda Cheritto
Emily Graves ... Anita Cheritto
Niki Harris ... Marcia Drucker
Ted Harvey ... Detective

Patricia Healy ... Bosko's Date

Paul Herman ... Sergeant Heinz
Cindy Katz ... Rachel

Brian Libby ... Captain Jackson
Bill McIntosh ... Armoured Guard

Dan Martin ... Harry Dieter
Rick Marzan ... Basketball Player
Terry Miller ... Children's Hospital Nurse
Paul Moyer ... News Anchorman
Daniel O'Haco ... Detective
Mario Roberts ... Bank Guard
Phillip Robinson ... Alphonse

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Armoured Truck Driver
Rainell Saunders ... Dead Hooker
Kai Soremekun ... Prostitute
Rey Verdugo ... Vegas Cop
Wendy L. Walsh ... News Anchorwoman

Yvonne Zima ... Hostage Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Blackwell ... Bar Couple (uncredited)

Trevor Coppola ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Bud Cort ... Solenko, Restaurant Manager (uncredited)

Mick Gould ... 1st SIS Detective in the hallway (uncredited)
Mary Kircher ... Police Woman (uncredited)

Darin Mangan ... Grocery Store Employee (uncredited)
Melissa S. Markess ... Police Woman (uncredited)
Robert Miranda ... Cusamano (uncredited)

Manny Perry ... Grocery Store Cop (uncredited)

Iva Franks Singer ... Waitress (uncredited)

Viviane Vives ... Castilian Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Mann 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Mann (written by)

Produced by
Pieter Jan Brugge .... executive producer
Gusmano Cesaretti .... associate producer
Art Linson .... producer
Michael Mann .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Kathleen M. Shea .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
William Goldenberg 
Dov Hoenig 
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
 
Production Design by
Neil Spisak 
 
Art Direction by
Margie Stone McShirley  (as Marjorie Stone McShirley)
 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah L. Scott)
 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... key makeup artist
Ken Diaz .... makeup artist
Ken Diaz .... tattoo designer
Leonard Engelman .... hair stylist: Mr. Kilmer
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Mr. Kilmer
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Tim Jones .... hair stylist (as Timothy Jones)
Vera Mitchell .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Christopher Cronyn .... unit production manager
Mark Stevens .... post-production supervisor
Kathy Virkler .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Herrin .... second second assistant director
Joel Kramer .... second unit director
Ami Canaan Mann .... second unit director
Douglas S. Ornstein .... second assistant director
Rich Sickler .... dga trainee
Michael Waxman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Nigel A. Boucher .... lead man
Larry Clark .... paint foreman
Brad Curry .... set dresser
Robert Fechtman .... set designer
Amy Feldman .... set dresser (as Amy Beth Feldman)
Scott Hanson .... construction foreman
Sean Hargreaves .... illustrator
Ross Harpold .... set dresser
Richard Hausfeld .... labor foreman (as Rick Hausfeld)
Joe A. Hawthorne .... sign painter
John Hinkle .... stand-by painter
Robyn B. Holmes .... set dresser
David Hopkins .... set dresser
Teri Anne Kopp .... assistant property master
Anthony Lattanzio .... construction coordinator
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man
Douglas E. Maxwell .... lead man
Oscar Mazzola .... art department coordinator (as I. Oscar A. Mazzola)
Amie McCarthy .... assistant property master
Alexandra Milchan .... assistant art department coordinator
Tom Randol .... set dresser (as James T. Randol)
Steven Schwartz .... set designer
Mike Sforza .... construction foreman
Paul Sonski .... set designer
Charles Stewart .... property master
Dianne Wager .... assistant art director
Mark Boucher .... set dresser (uncredited)
Patrick Ellis .... construction purchaser (uncredited)
Jonathan Josell .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Dave T. MacDonald .... welding foreman (uncredited)
Dana McCall .... props (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... set paint foreman (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini .... plasterer foreman (uncredited)
Frank Piercy .... paint foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas R. Allen .... boom operator
Neal J. Anderson .... dialogue editor (as Neil Anderson)
John Arrias .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... first assistant sound editor (as Karen M. Baker)
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill W. Benton .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Bob Bowman .... assistant sound editor
Rick Bozeat .... sound effects editor
Duncan Burns .... dialogue editor
Chris Carpenter .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Stuart Copely .... foley editor
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound effects editor
Ann Fisher .... assistant sound editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound effects editor (as Scott Gershin)
Hector C. Gika .... dialogue editor (as Hector Gika)
Mark Gordon .... foley editor
Tim Groseclose .... assistant sound editor
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Clint Hegeman .... foley editor
Doug Hemphill .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor (as Philip Hess)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Holly Huckins .... adr editor
Bill Jackson .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Larry Kemp .... supervising sound editor
Lou Kleinman .... adr editor
Mark R. La Pointe .... sound effects editor (as Mark LaPointe)
Cliff Latimer .... adr editor
Judson Leach .... assistant sound editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Dan Leahy)
Peter J. Lehman .... sound effects editor (as Pete Lehman)
Horace Manzanares .... assistant sound editor
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Dave McMoyler .... sound effects editor
Brian McPherson .... sound effects editor
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor (as Philip Morrill)
Rick Morris .... sound effects editor
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Orloff .... production sound mixer
Thomas A. Payne .... utility sound
Gregory F. Plotts .... assistant sound editor (as Greg Plotts)
Ken S. Polk .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Alan Rankin .... sound effects editor
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor (as Lauren Stevens)
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... sound effects editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects editor
Robert Thirlwell .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Jessica Goodwin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Kudlacek .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
David Young .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eugene Crum .... special effects (as Geno Crum)
Donald Frazee .... special effects foreman
Logan Frazee .... special effects
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects coordinator
Paul H. Haines Jr. .... special effects
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... special effects
Rick Monak .... special effects
Donald Myers .... special effects
Ralph Winiger .... special effects
Tony Chavez .... special effects (uncredited)
Bill Davis .... weapons: second unit (uncredited)
R.J. Hohman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mimi Abers .... digital effects artist
Joe Gareri .... digital effects producer
Neil Krepela .... visual effects supervisor
John Lafauce .... digital effects artist
Patrick Phillips .... digital effects artist
David Sosalla .... digital effects supervisor
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Judith Bell .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Leah Sachs .... digital effects coordinator (uncredited)
Olivier Sarda .... digital artist (uncredited)
Robin Saxen .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Doug Coleman .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunts
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (as Chuck Tamburro)
John Tamburro .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunt player (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts (uncredited)
John Cenatiempo .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Coleman .... stunt double: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Laura Dash .... stunt double (uncredited)
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Al Pacino (uncredited)
F. Pierre Gatling .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Imada .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael B. Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Littlejohn .... stunts (uncredited)
Daniel O'Haco .... stunt double: Mr. Pacino (uncredited)
Courtney Pakiz .... stunt double (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts (uncredited)
Nicholas Rich .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
John Rottger .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (uncredited)
Pete Turner .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tim Werner .... stunts (uncredited)
Keith Woulard .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... camera loader (as James Apted)
David R. Christensen .... assistant chief lighting technician
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Frank Dorowsky .... rigging gaffer
David Galbraith .... second assistant camera
Gerrit Garretsen .... dolly grip
Jim Grce .... chief lighting technician
Daniel R. Haizlip .... best boy grip (as Daniel Haizlip)
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
Gary Jay .... camera operator
Duane Manwiller .... first assistant camera (as Duane 'DC' Manwiller)
Larry Markart .... 24 frame video operator
Kelsey Shaw McNeal .... second assistant camera (as Kelsey "Kshaw" McNeal)
Steven J. Mikolas .... video assist operator (as Steven Mikolas)
Chris Moseley .... first assistant camera
J. Michael Muro .... Steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Ron Newburn .... rigging electric best boy
Andrew Taylor .... rigging grip
Steve Alessi .... grip (uncredited)
Aldo Antonelli .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kirk Bloom .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Peter Gulla .... camera operator (uncredited)
Edward A. Gutentag .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Hazard .... lighting technician (uncredited)
John Janusek .... dolly grip: "b" camera (uncredited)
John Janusek .... grip (uncredited)
Richard Kelley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Leitelt .... rigging best boy grip (uncredited)
Scott Medcalf .... electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
David B. Nowell .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Eric Parker .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Daryl 'Dazz' Reynolds .... electrician (uncredited)
David Schmalz .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Darrell B. Sheldon .... dolly grip: "b" camera (uncredited)
Charles Smith .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Michael Starkey .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Michael Starkey .... rigging key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Joseph T. Terranova .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Neil Toussaint .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
John Trapman .... first assistant camera: Wescam (uncredited)
Rick Uva .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Cynthia Ellis .... casting assistant
Alison E. McBryde .... casting associate
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... costume supervisor
Marsha Bozeman .... costumer: Mr. De Niro
Brenda Donoho .... costumer: Mr. Kilmer
Beth Koenigsberg .... costumer
David Le Vey .... assistant costume designer
Lillian Lanette Little .... costumer
Joseph T. Mastrolia .... costumer: Mr. Pacino
Tom Numbers .... costumer
Lahly Poore .... costumer (as Priscilla B. Poore)
Tony Lipin .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Andi Kasen Bergman .... electronic assistant film editor
Ray Boniker .... first assistant film editor
Matthew Booth .... first assistant film editor
Andrea Bottigliero .... assistant film editor
Thomas R. Bryant .... first assistant film editor (as Tom Bryant)
David Dresher .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Vicki Hiatt .... first assistant film editor
Julie Janata .... assistant editor
Lynn Leonhard .... electronic assistant film editor
Nina Lucia .... electronic assistant film editor
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
David Orr .... color timer
Kristina Trirogoff .... assistant film editor
Sondra Watanabe .... electronic assistant film editor
Mark S. Westmore .... assistant film editor (as Mark Westmore)
Sean Albertson .... consultant: digital editing (uncredited)
Gena Bleier .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Heather Hughes .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Dawn Michelle King .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Benjamin Rapoport .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Guy Sappington .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... supervising music editor
Christopher Brooks .... supervising music editor
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Michael Connell .... music editor
Deaf Elk .... music performers
Chris Douridas .... music consultant
Amy Dunn .... assistant music supervisor
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Matthias Gohl .... music score producer
Elliot Goldenthal .... orchestrator
Joel Iwataki .... score mixer
Joel Iwataki .... score recordist
Kronos Quartet .... music performers
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor
Richard Martinez .... electronic score producer
Stephen McLaughlin .... score mixer
Stephen McLaughlin .... score recordist
Denise Okimoto .... music editor
David Reid .... musician
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor (as Jay Richardson)
Lee Scott .... music editor
Jonathan Sheffer .... conductor
Curt Sobel .... music advisor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Bill Pearson .... music engineer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Andy Warwick .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Patti Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Howard Bachrach .... transportation captain
Steve Duncan .... transportation captain
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Tom Briggs .... set driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
George Grenier .... driver (uncredited)
Kenneth Newland .... transportation office coordinator (uncredited)
Robert G. Williams .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chuck Adamson .... technical advisor (as Charles Adamson)
Edward Allen .... assistant production accountant
Lori A. Balton .... location manager
Judi Beecher .... adr loop group
Jeff Berger .... staff assistant
Carlo Bernard .... assistant: Michael Mann
Craig Borden .... production assistant
Jamie D. Boscardin .... assistant: Pieter Jan Brugge
Robin Chambers .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Norman Chou .... firearm coordinator
Richard Cody .... craft service (as Rich Cody)
Ralph Coleman .... assistant location manager
Casey B. Collins .... set production aide
Lou Crisa .... assistant: Mr. Pacino
Tom Elfmont .... technical advisor
Mike Fantasia .... assistant location manager
Michelle Fielding .... executive assistant to michael mann
Mick Gould .... technical weapons trainer
Peter Haas .... unit publicist
Shannon Hamed .... production office secretary
Marc A. Hammer .... assistant production office coordinator
Cate Hardman .... script supervisor
Josiah W. Hooper .... set production aide
David Hyman .... set production aide
Tim Judge .... executive assistant: Al Pacino
Tammy Kalka .... medic
Michael R. Kern .... assistant production accountant
Selma Kora .... set production aide
Tendaji Lathan .... set production aide
Al Lewis .... office production assistant
Harry Lu .... weapons master
Ami Canaan Mann .... assistant: Pieter Jan Brugge
Peter Martorano .... assistant location manager
Jonathan McGarry .... set production aide
Andy McNab .... technical weapons trainer
Richard McQuilkin .... personal assistant to Mr. Cort
Gilbert O. Parra .... technical advisor (as Gil Parra)
Jane Payne .... assistant: Mr. Kilmer
Janice Polley .... location manager
Debra Puopolo .... staff assistant
Patti Roberts-Nelson .... assistant: Art Linson (as Patti Roberts Nelson)
Samantha Roth .... office production assistant
Ron Senkowski .... assistant to director
Ron Senkowski .... staff assistant
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... production office coordinator
Richard Smedley .... technical supporter
Brian Spain .... office production assistant
Jody Spilkoman .... set production aide
Cheryl A. Stone .... production accountant
Russ Tanaka .... medic
Andrew L. Ullman .... assistant location manager
Michael Dean Valeo .... assistant production office coordinator
Rey Verdugo .... technical advisor
Venessa Verdugo .... office production assistant
Andy Walraven .... staff assistant
Chris Winn .... key craft service
Edward Cass .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brendan Kyle Cochrane .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Richard Di Sabatino .... technical electronic surveillance advisor (uncredited)
Michael Dorner .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Tony Giglio .... set production aide (uncredited)
Vanessa Grayson .... stand-in: Amy Brenneman/Diane Venora (uncredited)
Ty Granderson Jones .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Paul Kruhm .... location services: EastWest Locations (uncredited)
Cynthia LaPointe .... assistant: Val Kilmer (uncredited)
Tom Lent .... adr voice (uncredited)
Al Lewis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christi Manders .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Keira Marcus .... set production aide (uncredited)
John Siedenburg .... caterer (uncredited)
Tony Swatton .... knife maker (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 
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One of the only scenes in the movie in which Neil Mccauley (Robert De Niro) smiles is when he sees Donald Breedan (Dennis Haysbert) in the diners' kitchen while working as a short order cook. He also smiles when Nate (Jon Voight) tells him in the car that Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) thinks he's "sharp." He might also be smiling as he watches Hanna's antics as he photographs them in the container yard, and again as he walks towards the car to Eady after wasting Waingro (Kevin Gage). He also smiles briefly toward the end of his conversation with Vincent in the diner.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the coffee shop, the man sitting behind Vincent Hanna variously has a wine glass, a coffee mug and a beer bottle in different shots.See more »
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233 out of 272 people found the following review useful.
Mann's crime drama delivers, 19 January 2001
Author: mkrusc from Los Angeles, CA

'Heat,' a film of epic proportions on a common placed scale, provides all the essentials of a great crime drama and then some. With a fascinating storyline, involving characters, and Mann's sometimes poetic, sometimes gritty directing, 'Heat' is arguably one of the best crime dramas.

Perhaps the most unique feature of this movie is its manifold storyline, which focuses primarily on the main characters: Vincent Hanna and Neil McCauley. Because of this complex storyline, it almost seems as if one is watching two movies, with one about each of the two characters. While following Hanna's personal life, the movie shows how it is about more than just a cop in pursuit of a criminal. Hanna's marriage is deteriorating, his step daughter is falling apart, and, as wife Justine says, he lives his life more among the "remnants of dead people." A man of two other failed marriages, Hanna's story is that of the strain of trying to fulfill both his professional and personal, where, every time, the professional wins out. Neil McCauley's story is that of a man who used to know his role: his job. Everything in his life revolved around making the next score (whether it be large or small). His story chronicles his relationships with the other men in his crew, and his relationship with Eady, his girlfriend who does not know all she should about him. The tensions build as Mann shows the two opposing strategies of each man as their paths (and thus their stories) draw closer together. When the two storylines do meet (at different points in the movie), the result is--for lack of a better word--epic. To say that these two major storylines are the only strong ones of the movie would do injustice to the many others (following Chris and his wife, for example); but to say that they are the driving force of the movie, to say that they are responsible for transforming a typical cops-and-robbers story is the best explanation.

In addition, the characters in this movie undoubtedly make it so successful. This cast comes as close as possible to being ensemble with two such huge main characters. And the cast is one of the best, at that. DeNiro. Little more needs to be said. Ever the master, his character, McCauley, can be on the one hand a ruthless robber and cold-hearted killer, on the other a warm friend and tender lover. And, despite his life of crime, McCauley's human side shows through. He will not kill unless he must, as seen through his anger at Waingro and bank heist. His warmer side shows through his relationships with his friends and girlfriend Eady. Pacino. Equally without need of praise. As always, he delivers an intense performance, here as Hanna, a workaholic obsessed with catching his man, while also fighting a losing battle to save his personal relationships. He may seem just the harsh cop, but he cares about every man under his command, about his stepdaughter, and, yes, even about McCauley. Through Hanna, Pacino shows just how torn such a man can be. Hanna demonstrates both coldness and compassion, both anger and sensitivity. Additionally strong is Val Kilmer, as Chris Shiherlis; with a raging temper, undying devotion, and a fierce will to persevere. Kilmer does an excellent job with the character of a flawed individual, whose flaws prevent him from lasting contentment, but against which flaws he continually strives. Ashley Judd is an unforgettable Charlene Shiherlis, who, despite a smaller roll, makes a lasting impression on the film. Tom Sizemore, as the implacable Michael Cheritto, and Jon Voight, as a gruff Nate, are both likeable (because of their human sides) and despicable (because of their professions). Each does excellent work. And equally fine are Diane Venora, as Justine, and Natalie Portman, as Justine's daughter Lauren. As Venora is strong opposite Pacino, so Amy Brenneman, Eady, is an equally strong opposite of DeNiro. In a cast so full of big names, it is so rewarding to see everyone come together to make the characters each have their own place in the film.

And Michael Mann's direction of the movie keeps the film moving while providing a tremendous combination of action and drama. He moves from scene to scene quickly and effortlessly. He also switches between the many storylines logically and fluidly, none of the story being lost. Each scene leaves its own, unmistakable impression, and each scene of each storyline builds upon the previous. Action scenes are handles crisply but grittily. The gunshots are loud, the blood is abundant, but Mann wisely does not linger on the horror of the moment. He paints a realistic picture, but keeps to the topic. The action never becomes more important than the drama. Mann is also responsible for what is perhaps the greatest robbery scene ever. Here, his more gritty sense of style is what makes this scene so believable. And, despite the enormous cast, Mann was still able to keep his agenda clear, and orchestrate so much talent into a coherent movie. Michael Mann deserves credit for both his vision and ability to express it.

Because of these and other well done aspects, 'Heat' is one of the most powerful crime dramas ever made.

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