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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Heat can be found here.

Yes. Many viewers claim that Robert De Niro (Neil McCauley) and Al Pacino (Lt Vince Hanna) never (or hardly ever) actually share screen time during the film, despite the hype surrounding the film's release as showcasing their first screen appearances together. In most Pan and Scan versions of the film, and TV broadcasts, it does appear that during the "diner scene" the two never actually share the screen, but viewing the film in widescreen clearly shows both actors sitting at the table. These two photos here and here prove that Pacino and De Niro were in the same scene. They were also in the final scene together.

Donald Breedan (Dennis Haysbert) is a minor but still important character who was a recently paroled ex-convict. He was determined to set his life straight with his wife's support. When he gets a job as a cook at a diner, he is extorted and treated like dirt by the restaurant manager, who is implied to have a history of treating paroled cons that way. He tries to endure it but when Neil comes by with an opportunity of a lifetime, he reluctantly accepts, filling in for Trejo as the getaway car driver. His small, but significant story represents the tragic tale of how many people don't want to give ex-convicts a second chance to start fresh, often causing these people to get coaxed or forced back into a life of crime.

No. As a matter of fact, this moment in Heat is an accurate portrayal of what can happen with material eyewitnesses & their perception at a crime scene. Example: During a bank robbery, you would have 30 witnesses, all with different versions of the events and all with different descriptions of the robbers. In the armored car robbery, Waingro pistol-whips the first guard in a moment of adrenaline, since the guard is not stepping back when Waingro orders him to do so (for two reasons, one being that they are deafened, and the second being that since Waingro has a hockey mask on, they can't tell who is addressing them). As soon as the guard is pistol-whipped, Cheritto turns to him and tells him, "Hey Slick, see that shit [blood] comin' outta their ears? They can't fuckin' hear you! Cool it!"

However, there is a homeless man hiding in an encampment across the street, the guy with the working television, during the whole ordeal, and he overhears this much. He didn't hear the entire conversation or see who was talking to whom, so all that stood out was the word "slick", which was likely easy for him to hear because Cheritto is nearly shouting at Waingro. Consequently, that is why Bosko is noting that the homeless man claims that "someone called a guard 'Slick'". This simple word, though a long shot, is what tracks Vincent to McCauley's crew after talking with Richard Torena. "Slick" as Hanna says, is an alias that will get his team "the phonebook" from the FBI, meaning that the FBI & other law enforcement agencies must have that specific word in their records 1000s of times or even more. Hanna wants it checked anyway and in the end it works as a clue, since Richard Torena remembers Cheritto using that word.

The three thieves, Michael Cheritto, Chris Shiherilis and Neil MaCauley, each left the bank carrying a large bag full of cash. Cheritto was killed during the robbery, therefore assuming the bags each had an equal amount of cash in them, his third was seized by the police. However Neil and Chris escape the main shootout each with their bags of cash. Neil went to get Chris, but he had already left; assuming they both kept their shares, then Chris got away with his share. Neil's share was in the car and lost when Vincent chased him down.

No. The police, Sgt Drucker specifically, offer Charlene a deal: she "helps" the police by calling her husband and getting him to show up at the apartment to be arrested. Drucker offered Charlene immunity so she could start a new life with her son Dominick. Drucker explains that Dominick is in danger of entering the "system" if he becomes an orphan & it may lead him to a life of crime and incarceration. If Charlene refuses to give Chris up, the police WILL charge her with being an accessory to Chris' crimes and she will go to jail and lose their son. At the safe house, Charlene gives Chris a signal so he can get away -- a VERY risky move on her part since the police appear to be watching her very closely -- but the police do not see the signal. As far as they know she was making good on her deal to help them, and he just didn't show. Therefore they have no reason to revoke their deal. They probably just assumed that he wouldn't risk coming for her and left her behind. Additionally, Chris had cut his hair very short to disguise himself and had false ID made up in the interim between when Neil left him & when he left Nate's house.

When announced for Blu-ray one could find this phrase listed on the back cover and in press releases: New content changes supervised by Director Michael Mann. Actually there's no big difference between those versions. To put it simply two scenes were slightly changed: a line by Diane Venora was cut from the movie, whilst one line of dialogue of Al Pacino was erased from the soundtrack (That line being "Ferocious aren't I?".) That's all. An even detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

The two-disc "Special Edition" Warner release of Heat (which replaces an earlier bare-bones disc released in 1999) contains 11 deleted scenes on its Disc Two. These include (in order of which they would appear):

1. "Season's Starting Early" (00:32): Cheritto purchases hockey masks for the armored car robbery as well as a dollhouse for his daughter, falling in with the scenes of Neil stealing the ambulance and Shiherlis buying explosives.

2. "Nicest Guy on the Block" (00:39): Cheritto arriving back at his domestic hearth, playing with his kids, giving his wife Elaine (Susan Traylor) a packet of money, and then looking mysteriously dazed.

3. "Albert and Hanna" (00:18): An alternate and expanded take of Hanna's conversation with Albert Torena (Ricky Harris).

4. "Shakedown" (00:27): Hanna and Sergeant Drucker try rattling the cages by pressing a shady TV repairman named Cuzomano. Cuzomano is mentioned in the movie at the scene of the armored car robbery, when Hanna is assigning detectives the names of fences to interrogate.

5. "Murder in C Block" (00:34): An expanded version of the dialogue between Hanna and Richard Torena (Tone Loc), where Richard provides more detail to Hanna on how "I could get killed for telling you this sh**!" with the effect of illustrating Cheritto's ruthlessness, even behind bars.

6. "Let's Dance" (00:45): Expanded restaurant scene between Hanna and his wife Justine (Diane Venora), dancing and talking about how they got married in the first place.

7. "Late Arrival" (00:38): Expansive of McCauley's crew discussing how they got made, with Cheritto arriving late, showing the transponders used to monitor his car, and making a guess as to how the cops got on to them (dialogue elsewhere in the movie confirms the suspicion voiced in this deleted bit).

8: "Where's Ana?" (02:19) The scene begins with Breedan dropping the crew off in front of the bank, with Neil informing Breedan that there will be no police response time, as they've bypassed the alarm. We then see Trejo arriving at his hillside house. He finds several of Van Zant's men, including Hugh Benny and Waingro, waiting for him inside. We learn that he has been blackmailed into betraying Neil. Benny then makes a phone call to the police, to send the police to the bank and spark the shootout. Trejo throughout the scene constantly asks for his wife's whereabouts. It then dawns on him, and he runs into the next room, followed by Waingro, wielding a baseball bat. This is considered the most telling of the deleted scenes. It is implied that the ending of the scene might have been intended to fade in to McCauley and the crew carrying out the bank robbery.

9. "Double the Worst Trouble" (00:41): A slightly extended version of the scene between Neil and the shady Doctor Bob (Jeremy Piven), who tries to squeeze him for a bigger fee.

10. "Nate Delivers" (01:12): Newly informative scene between Neil and Nate going over Neil's new "out" that Nate's prepared for him.

11. "No Response" (00:18): Extraneous shot of Neil getting into the car with a catatonic Eady (Amy Brennamen).

In the armored car hold-up, McCauley and Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) use the "Colt Commando", while Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) uses an "FN FAL" and Trejo (Danny Trejo) uses an "AKS-47." In the shootout at the deserted drive-in movie, Shiherlis uses a Heckler & Koch "HK-91" while Cheritto uses a Benelli M3 Super 90 shotgun. In the bank hold-up, McCauley and Shiherlis again carry the "Colt Commando", while Cheritto now carries an Israeli "Galil." Hanna's rifle in this scene is the less-known "FN FNC", a 5.56mm assault rife that is, in fact, in limited service with some U.S. police agencies. The other police officers aside from Hanna carry a mix of M16A2 assault rifles and Mossberg 590 12 gauge shotguns. Full information on the guns used in the film can be found here.

Here's the complete track list.

1. Elliot Goldenthal & Kronos Quartet - "Heat" (first third of song) start of film: subway and hospital
2. Elliot Goldenthal & Kronos Quartet - "Heat" (last third of song) 10 minutes in: armoured car shootings
3. Elliot Goldenthal & Kronos Quartet - "Heat" (middle third of song) 20 min: trying to kill Waingro at diner
4. Elliot Goldenthal - "Entrada" (first half of "Entrada and Shootout") 21 min: Neil comes home and stares
     at ocean.
5. ??? (unknown strings) 24 min: Hanna talks to Justine/overcooked chicken
6. Einstrzende Neubauten - "Armenia" (intro) 26 min: Neil meets Eady
7. "Last Night" by Terje Rypdal, 29 min: Neil and Eady balcony scene
8. Elliot Goldenthal - "Fate Scrapes", 37 min: heard faintly when Neil and Nate get job from Kelso
9. Elliot Goldenthal - "Entrada" (reprise) and "The Monkey King" by William Orbit, 40 min: Chris at 
    Neil's/ Breedan gets cook job
10. Einstrzende Neubauten - "Armenia" (intro/reprise), 42 min: Neil finds Charlene cheating
11. "Always Forever Now" by Passengers, 44 min, Hanna drives up to club
12. "Top O' The Morning To Ya" by House of Pain, 45 min: song in club during meeting with the Torinos
13. "Get Up To This" by New World Beat, 47 min, Hanna calls his detectives from club, faint music 
     thumping in background
14. Elliot Goldenthal & Kronos Quartet - "Refinery Surveillance", 49 min: meeting at abandoned 
     drive-in movies
15. Elliot Goldenthal - "Shootout" (second half of "Entrada and Shootout"), 51 min, shootout at 
      drive in movies
16. Michael Brook - "Ultramarine", 53 min: crew has dinner at restaurant
17. "Mystery Man" by Terje Rypdal, Waingro with hooker
18. "Gringatcho Demento" by William Orbit, 57 min: Waingro at bar looking for work
19. "Thrill is Gone" by BB King, 58 min: Cops at restaurant
20. Elliot Goldenthal - "Of Helplessness", 1 hour: Hanna at murder scene
21. "Mystery Man" (reprise) 1 hr 5 min: couples talking
22. "Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra" by Gyrgy Ligeti, 1 hr 8 min: metal factory robbery
23. Elliot Goldenthal - "Fate Scrapes", 1 hr 16 min: Crew meets at power station, Hanna gets 
      Marciano.
24. "Arabic Agony" by James with The Monkey King, 1 hr 21 min: container yard
25. "In November" by David Darling, 1 hr 23 min: Neil meets Nate under freeway
26. "New Dawn Fades" by Moby, 1 hr 26 min, Hanna chases Neil on freeway
27. Elliot Goldenthal - "Coffee Shop", 1 hr 31 min: coffee shop (duh!)
28. Elliot Goldenthal - "Steel Cello Lament", 1hr 33 min: coffee shop
29. "Late Evening In Jersey" by Brian Eno, 1 hr 36 min, Crew rigs alarm in parking garage
30. "Black Cloud" by Solitare, 1 hr 37 min: Van Zant meets Waingro/ Breedan joins crew
31. "Force Marker" by Brian Eno, 1 hr 42 min: Bank heist!
32. Brian Eno - "Late Evening In Jersey" (reprise) 1 hr 51 min, Chris get shot
33. Elliot Goldenthal - "Shootout" (reprise from "Entrada and Shootout"), 1 hr 52 min, Hanna 
      catches up to Cheritto.
34. "Celon" by Lisa Gerrard, 1 hr 54 min: wives see news reports
35. Elliot Goldenthal - "Steel Cello Lament" (reprise), 1 hr 56 min: doctor fixes Chris' wounds
36. "La Bas" by Lisa Gerrard, 1 hr 57 min: Neil at Trejo's house
37. Eric Clapton - "Will Gaines" ("Rush" motion picture soundtrack) 1 hr 59 min: Neil needs 
     a "new out" and Hanna finds Hugh Benny
38. Brian Eno - "Late Evening In Jersey" (reprise), 2 hr 2 min: Charlene arrives at safe house
39. William Orbit - "Last Lagoon", 2 hr 7 min: Neil chases Eady
40. ???? (strings faintly heard), 2 hr 11 min: Hanna finds Ralph at home
41. Terje Rypdal - "Mystery Man" (reprise) 2 hr 14 min: Neil convinces Eady to stay with him/
       Chris arrives at Charlene's safe house
42." Mighty Limpopo" by William Orbit, 2 hr 16 min: Charlene gives Chris the "signal"
43. Einstrzende Neubauten - "Armenia" (full song), 2 hr 17 min: last time we see Chris
44. Michael Brook - "Ultramarine" (reprise), 2 hr 20 min: Hanna kills his TV
45. "Gloradin" by Lisa Gerrard, 2 hr 22 min: Hanna finds his step daughter in the tub
46. Elliot Goldenthal - "Run Uphill" (intro), 2 hr 24 min: heard faintly when Hanna bring his 
       stepdaughter to the hospital
47. Elliot Goldenthal & Kronos Quartet - "Heat" (reprise), 2 hr 26 min: Neil and Eady on 
       freeway and talking to Nate
48. Solitare - "Black Cloud" (reprise) 2 hr 28 min: Neil enters hotel
49. Elliot Goldenthal & Kronos Quartet - "Predator Diorama", 2 hr 30 min: Neil makes 
       his way through hotel
50. ???? (strings), 2 hr 32 min: Hanna leaves hospital
51. Elliot Goldenthal - "Of Separation", 2 hr 37 min: Neil walks out on Eady in 30 seconds flat
52. ???? (ambient music) 2 hr 42 min: Hanna looking for Neil in airport field (just before the 
       shots are fired)
53. "God Moving Over The Waters" by Moby (I Like To Score version with climax), end of film.

CI stands for "confidential informant", someone who gives the police crime information but who may or may not give their identity to the authorities (Benny does). Benny was ordered to reveal info his boss, Roger Van Zant, had gotten from Trejo about Neil's big heist at the bank. Waingro had gotten the info from Trejo, when he beats Trejo in his own home, with Van Zant watching. Benny placed a call to the LAPD & let them know when & where the heist was going to take place, making him a CI.

The Thieves

Neil McCauley escapes the final robbery with Chris Shiherlis. While heading to his new escape route with his girlfriend Eady, Nate calls him to tell him that Neil is in the clear. Nate is also compelled to tell Neil where Waingro was hiding. Neil decides to settle the score with Waingro. As Neil is heading back to his car where Eady is waiting for him, he sees Hanna walking towards him. Neil hesitates, but then decides to leave Eady behind to escape on his own. Hanna chases him into an airfield and Neil gets the drop on Hanna. Fortunately for Hanna, he sees Neil's shadow projected from the lights of a plane, and in a split second decision, Hanna turns his pistol and puts four rounds in Neil. As Neil lies there dying, Hanna approaches him, Neil says "Told you I'm never going back [to prison]". Neil offers his hand, and Hanna clutches it and waits with Neil as he dies.

Chris Shiherlis is shot in the clavicle by Det. Casals during the shootout, he and Neil escape the scene in a stolen car after Neil fires several suppressive bursts on Hanna and a few other cops. Neil then takes Chris to a trusted doctor to get patched up. Chris insists on going to get his wife and child, but Neil tries to convince Chris that the police are anticipating that and will have a trap set up for him. Chris ignores this and goes for Charlene. She appears on a balcony to him but gives him a signal that it's a trap. So Chris plays it off as asking for directions to someone on the street. He is stopped by the police, but he has a fake I.D. and the car he drove hadn't been reported as stolen, so they let him go. He then drives off with his share of the money, alone.

Michael Cheritto is separated from Neil and Chris during the shootout. As he is escaping he trips and falls into a fountain, allowing Hanna time to draw a bead on him. When Michael gets up he grabs a young girl near the fountain and uses her as a human shield while firing at the other cops, unable to notice Hanna behind him. When he turns, he barely has time to react before Hanna shoots him in the head, killing him instantly.

Donald Breedan is hit by gunfire while driving the getaway car towards the roadblock. It appears he was shot in the head and dies at the scene.

Trejo calls Neil shortly before the final bank heist was supposed to happen saying that the police were all over him and he couldn't shake them. He then says to Neil that the last thing he wanted to do was let him down. He wasn't present for the final bank heist, so Neil deduces that it was Trejo who ratted them out to the police. Neil goes into Trejo's house (likely with the intention of killing him) to find Trejo's wife beaten to death and Trejo also horribly injured, and barely alive. Neil asks Trejo why he betrayed them; Trejo reveals that they forced him to because they were holding his wife hostage (this can be viewed in a deleted scene). He tells Neil it was Waingro and Van Zant who were responsible before asking Neil to put him out of his misery. Neil obliges by shooting him.

Nate, though not a thief, is a broker and friend of Neil's. Unless any of the ensuing chaos could be traced back to him, which it is implied it didn't, he was free and clear. Given that Nate is such a valuable connection with a lot of experience in the criminal world, he probably knew a million ways not to be implicated in these types of underworld deals.

Cesar Kelso, the mastermind of the bank heist. Neil buys the information to the bank from him.

Charlene Shiherlis: See the question Because Shiherlis never showed up to be apprehended by the cops, would Charlene go to jail?

The Crooks:

Waingro, after learning that Neil and Chris escaped the bank robbery, he goes to hide out in a hotel under the name "Jameson." Nate tells this to Neil, as Nate has a friend inside the LAPD who is staking out the hotel in case Neil makes a move on Waingro. Neil decides that he needs to settle the score with Waingro, so he infiltrates the hotel dressed as a security guard, bypasses all the police and security, breaks into Waingro's room and executes Waingro by shooting him twice in the chest and once in the head (a la the Mozambique Drill).

Roger Van Zant: Neil goes to Van Zant's home, throws a patio chair through Van Zant's window while Van Zant is watching a hockey game, startling him. Neil aims his gun at Van Zandt and demands to know where Waingro is hiding. Roger replies "How the hell would I know?" so Neil shoots him three times in the chest.

Hugh Benny: The cops find out that he is the one who ratted the bank heist to the police, so Vincent and his team storm Benny's apartment. When Benny tries to resist, Vincent shoves him through his balcony door and proceeds to interrogate him. So he was likely arrested unless Vincent agreed to let him go if he gave up all the players.

Alan Marciano: Agrees to set Charlene up in order to have charges against him dropped. He follows through, so he was likely released.

The Cops

Vincent Hanna: Catches his wife cheating on him, finds his step-daughter in his bath tub near-death due to her attemping suicide by cutting her wrists. Essentially his personal life has completely derailed, but by the end of the film he had caught or killed the criminals he was after, and seeing as how he was a career person more than a family person, he would likely get through it.

Sgt. Drucker is last seen with Charlene, but we presume he continues working for Hanna.

Schwartz is shot in the shoulder by Cheritto during the bank robbery while firing from beside an LACMTA bus. He gets patched up and stays in the Robbery/Homicide office while the team try to net Neil and Chris. Earlier scripts had Schwartz being the detective killed in the shootout instead of Bosko (Ted Levine's character).

Bosko is part of the initial exchange of gunfire with Shiherlis during the bank robbery shootout. He is killed when Shiherlis shoots him in the neck.

Casals stays in the robbery/homicide office with Schwartz except to help Vincent apprehend Hugh Benny.

The North Hollywood shootout was a gunfight between police and two armed robbers in the North Hollywood neighborhood. On February 28, 1997, two men - Larry Phillips, Jr. and Emil Matasareanu - robbed the Bank of America branch located at 6600 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, North Hollywood, California, and were killed after a 44 minute battle with police. They had reportedly watched the movie Heat, and a used copy of the film was found in their apartment. More information on the robbery and shootout can be found here.

Yes and no. Bosko is definitely killed, shot in the neck by Shiherlis during the initial exchange of gunfire between himself, Cherrito, and Hanna's detectives. The officer who is shot by Neil in the grocery store parking lot is unclear. Given it looks like he was shot in the heart, he may have survived, but he also may have died at the scene. The officers behind the police car roadblock most likely do survive. There is a black-skinned officer with a shotgun who gets shot by Neil, but is then seen pulling another wounded officer behind a police car for safety. However, at least four or five officers appear to get shot manning that roadblock. Assuming that some of them may have been killed, Neil, Shiherlis and Cheritto would then have basically been behind the deadliest massacre of police officers in US history. However we only see the picture of Bosko displayed on the news so it may be that he was the only officer killed and the remainder were saved by their body armour. Cherrito shoots another of Hanna's crew, Schwartz, but the wound is non-lethal, we see him talking to Vincent later; he's wearing a sling on one arm which likely means he was shot in the arm or shoulder & is still able to do work on the case.

The Captain at the scene seemed very eager to make the bust on Neil and his crew however, the case and operation were Vincent's. Therefore the SWAT team was under his command. Because the officer in the surveillance truck had caused the loud bump when he sat down, Neil got spooked and assumed that there was a police team watching nearby. The Captain wanted to move in to bust Neil and his crew but, like Vincent said, they'd only be charged with breaking and entering the facility -- they hadn't cracked the safe Chris was working on and hadn't stolen anything from it. If they'd been arrested, some or all would do very short jail sentences and be on the streets doing heists again. Vincent wanted to catch Neil and his crew committing a large crime to ensure they'd be sent to jail for a much longer stretch.

Neil needs Chris to be focused on their work. Chris Shiherlis also has a pretty big gambling problem; when he's talking to Charlene at their house he tells her that he'd "squared things with the bookies". At the truck stop, Neil says that everyone's split from the armored car robbery (which he'd gotten from Nate) was in his car. Shiherlis had likely taken his split & paid off his bookies, the people who laid his most recent bets. When he got home, Charlene was angry that the money Chris had brought home wasn't the amount she was expecting, and it leads to a fight between them.

When Neil talks to Shiherlis in the apartment, he asks Shiherlis where all the money from their recent jobs has been going. Chris mutters about Vegas & the Super Bowl which probably means he'd lost a large amount of cash in Las Vegas and had bet another large amount on the big game. So he decided to take most of the money he'd earned on robbery jobs and pay off his bookies. Neil was concerned because if Shiherlis's head isn't in the jobs they're doing, which require very precise work to be done, that one or all of those jobs would fail because of Shiherlis making a slip-up that gives the police information to track them. So he talks to Charlene, very harshly, about her affair with Alan Marciano and about giving Chris a 2nd chance. She agrees, especially since Neil promises to take care of herself and their son if Shiherlis screws up again, and Charlene wants to leave him. Another possibility is that he actually had come to care about Shiherlis and his relationship with Charlene, which is supported by the events between them during the shootout.

Presumably, Hanna knew that Neil habitually monitored police frequencies, since undoubtedly, in the forensics investigation into the armored car robbery, they found remains of the police scanners in the ambulance (and would probably have assumed that he did so anyway given how well prepared and technically adroit Neil's crew had proven to be). Therefore he would have used encrypted frequencies within his team and possibly employed cell phones to contact the patrol units (in addition to just grabbing whatever uniformed officers were present in the police station when the information came in). Once the shooting starts, the dispatcher's center would have been flooded with 911 calls leaving Neil's crew no choice but to quickly blast their way out before the essentially endless stream of police reinforcements overwhel them (we see additional officers start arriving as Hanna chases Neil and the wounded Shiherlis into the parking lot).

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