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City Heat (1984)

A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

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Richard Benjamin

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Blake Edwards (story) (as Sam O. Brown), Blake Edwards (as Sam O. Brown) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Lieutenant Speer
Burt Reynolds ... Mike Murphy
Jane Alexander ... Addy
Madeline Kahn ... Caroline Howley
Rip Torn ... Primo Pitt
Irene Cara ... Ginny Lee
Richard Roundtree ... Dehl Swift
Tony Lo Bianco ... Leon Coll
William Sanderson ... Lonnie Ash
Nicholas Worth ... Troy Roker
Robert Davi ... Nino
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Dub Slack
John Hancock ... Fat Freddy
Jack Thibeau ... Garage Soldier
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Counterman Louie
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Storyline

Kansas City in the 1930s: private investigator Mike Murphy's partner is brutally murdered when he tries to blackmail a mobster with his secret accounting records. When a rival gang boss goes after the missing records, ex-policeman Murphy is forced to team up again with his ex-partner Lieutenant Speer, even though they can't stand each other, to fight both gangs before KC erupts in a mob war. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

When a hotshot cop and a wise-guy detective get together... the heat is on! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas City Jazz See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,301,694, 9 December 1984

Gross USA:

$38,348,988
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was one of two pictures that both of this film's stars, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, had in theaters during 1984. Eastwood also was in Tightrope (1984) whilst Reynolds was also in Cannonball Run II (1984). See more »

Goofs

In the gunfight scene in the street, when Lt. Speer is walking down the street with the pump-action shotgun, the audio is of the action being operated in one fluid motion, while the video shows the action being pulled open, Speer pauses momentarily, and then closes the action, with no sound. See more »

Quotes

Mike Murphy: [to Speer as he and Speer are trying to get information from a hoodlum] *After* we get the information, *then* you can kill him.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1984 (1985) See more »

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Eloise Laws
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Not Totally Enough Here

Like the old saying goes, bigger is not always better. Apparently sticking two actors with the highest star power was not the best idea for City Heat. It's not a bad idea, but it's not a great one. There are SOME good moments in this movie but there is a lot missing. Because of this the bad outweighs the good by far, which can make this a frustrating film to watch.

We know this much; Mike Murphy (Burt Reynolds) and Lieutenant Speer (Clint Eastwood) are acquaintances on some level. In what way - we're never really told. That's already one step in the wrong direction. If you're making a buddy cop movie, you have to give some kind of background of the main characters. Otherwise, the viewer will have no clue why the two characters are at odds half the time.

Much of the time I was trying to figure out what Reynold's character was up to. Every time the screen shifted to Eastwood I finally caught up with what was happening. I'm not really sure how but that was one of the frustrating parts about this movie. It was like Reynold's was there only for fluff and laughs. I'll admit Reynold's did make me laugh at times but it was just for that specific moment. Clint Eastwood also has funny parts. Just like any Eastwood movie, he has his own way of doing things and he does that in this movie too. But these occurrences didn't really change my opinion of this movie; although I wish it had.

To make things even more awkward was that this film barely had a soundtrack. I mean even the silliest of soundtracks sound better than nothing. There were times where I was watching action sequences in this movie where I only heard a "biff" or "baff" and an occasional gunshot. Music can change the whole feeling of a certain scene and without it I felt like I was watching anything very exciting. I was bored with it. Even when it comes to the most stupid action scenes in a movie, there was at least music to back it up. There was almost nothing here. I felt that there was nothing to be excited about. I was just watching a film with no emotion. That is really nerve racking for me. I need to feel something while watching a movie. City Heat just never took off for me and it is truly unfortunate. I was expecting a lot more.

City Heat is just another buddy cop movie with no real life in its characters. The action scenes can be boring with no music in the background and its characters are short of laughs due to the sloppy screenplay.


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