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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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$38,348,988
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Though the setting of Kansas City was clearly indicated in two of this picture's working titles, the film's city setting remained unnamed throughout the final cut of this movie. See more »

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In the scene where Lt. Speer breaks into the mobster's home to get the slug upon which to run ballistics the mobster asks Speer if Speer has a warrant. The movie takes place prior to 1934 and the repeal of prohibition. There was no requirement for police to have warrants to search citizens' property or to seize such property until the 1940's. See more »

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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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Montage Blues
Music by Lennie Niehaus
Pianists: Mike Lang, Pete Jolly and Clint Eastwood
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Do you feel a cold draft?
12 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's 1933 and in Kansas City, we follow that of Detective Murphy, as his partner has just been killed by some big-heads and he finds himself caught up in the web he has left behind. While, this is going on Lieutenant Speer also investigates, but when the two collide, there are some fireworks, as they have a work history together. But they have to put their differences aside, if they are going to get the job done.

Should I call this a disappointment, because the effortlessly shallow material just doesn't go hand-to-hand with the talent that was involved. This parody / drama on noir and tough-guy images is no more than a vehicle for the two stars, who just seem to be slumming it out here. It's not a bad film, because it's well made, but the story doesn't entirely hit any strides, it changes direction between spoof and drama with mixed results and it can be quite tedious in spots. All the accolades though, would have to go to the delightfully smooth Burt Reynolds in the role as the charismatic, smart-guy detective Murphy. His presence definitely overshadows Eastwood. But the colourful banter and always at odds attitude between the two, makes it a fun pairing up to watch, as they work off each rather nicely. Clint Eastwood, plays the straight-faced, no-bull Lieutenant Speer with his usual approach and sly humour. They both get some highly witty, top-notch lines. The supporting cast are satisfactory with the likes of Rip Torn, Jane Alexander, Irene Cara, Richard Roundtree and Robert Davi dusting in with a skew of personalities. While, they're worth better material, they all do the best with what they're given to work with. The feel of the 1930's has an artificial air about it here, as clearly you can't escape the back-lot sets. But still it's professionally catered for with a pleasant blues score and a dour colour scheme crafted in to get that glum, wet atmospheric night build-up of Kansas City. The direction of Richard Benjamin is quite standard, but it has some neat photography techniques of the period and a few flashy impulses, like one fine and exciting late-night shoot-out in a deserted street.

Nothing much out of the ordinary and very forgettable, but only the fans of two stars should really bother with this one.


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