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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lieutenant Speer
... Mike Murphy
... Addy
... Caroline Howley
... Primo Pitt
... Ginny Lee
... Dehl Swift
... Leon Coll
... Lonnie Ash
... Troy Roker
... Nino
Jude Farese ... Dub Slack
... Fat Freddy
Jack Thibeau ... Garage Soldier
... 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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Take Clint the street-smart cop . . . take Burt the wise-guy private eye . . . and then take cover! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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7 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Kansas City Heat  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,301,694, 9 December 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,348,988
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In the late 1950's (25 years before they starred together in this film), Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds were contract players at Universal Pictures. They were both fired on the same day, by the same director. Eastwood was fired because the director didn't want to use him because (reports vary) his Adam's Apple was too big and/or he had a visible wart on his upper lip. Reynolds was fired after pushing the director into a water tank in an argument over how to do a fall stunt. See more »

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As Murphy gets things together to go meet Pitt, he opens a drawer and takes out several ammunition clips for an automatic pistol and puts them in his pockets. When Murphy gets to the street to be caught in the gun fight, he pulls out a revolver. See more »

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Lt. Speer: It wouldn't break my heart at all to scrape the street clean of your ilk. You know what an 'ilk' is, don't ya Dub?
Dub Slack: A big deer?
Lt. Speer: Yeah. Now if I catch you loitering around my precinct again I'm gonna shoot me an ilk, do you understand?
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Get Happy
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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Shocking what Prohibition causes some people to drink these days.
13 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

The weight of expectation for City Heat was massive, two iconic Hollywood actors together in a buddy buddy cop movie, one with nods and homages to film noir and old school gangster movies, it wasn't unreasonable to expect a movie to sit with the best on Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynold's then CV's circa 1984. Unfortunately it's no masterpiece or close to being in the upper echelon's of each actor's respective works. But that doesn't make it a bad film.

A change of director saw Blake Edwards replaced by Richard Benjamin after Eastwood and Edwards, ahem, couldn't see eye to eye, so that immediately put the film on the back foot in many critic's eyes. Ironically Benjamin does OK - working from Edwards' script (there's a whole bunch of back stories and tittle-tattle assigned to this film if you care to search for it). Lots of fun here, though, as Clint and Burt, one a cop, the other an ex-cop turned PI, reluctantly team up to cut a swathe through the gangsters ruling the roost in prohibition era Kansas City.

Eastwood does his straight backed machismo act, throwing awesome punches along the way, while Reynolds is wonderfully cheerful as a tough guy who all things considered, would rather not get hurt! The script is full of zingers, delivered with customary sardonic self parody by the stars, while the roll call of supporting actors is not to be sniffed at. Period detail is high end, with Nick McLean's photography carrying the requisite neo-noir impact, while the music tracking is pleasingly nostalgic.

It's over the top of course and needlessly convoluted as per its yearning to be noirish, yet if you can cut back your expectation levels? And you can simply enjoy the sight of Eastwood and Reynolds having fun romping in this period? Then you just might enjoy this more than you dared to believe. 7/10


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