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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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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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Trivia

Blake Edwards was the original writer and director on the project. He stepped aside as director after creative differences with star Clint Eastwood. The earlier Burt Reynolds movie Rough Cut (1980) was also originally intended to be directed by Edwards who left that project too. Edwards and Reynolds did in fact work together on The Man Who Loved Women (1983), made and released about a year before this movie. See more »

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This first time Murphy (Burt Reynolds) visits his apartment, he switches on his 1930s era radio, which instantly begins playing music, as a modern one would. This is incorrect - a radio of that era contained vacuum tubes, and it would have taken the radio several minutes to "warm up" before any music could be heard. See more »

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Mike Murphy: [Speer has silently entered Murphy's office] I didn't hear you knock, Lieutenant.
Lt. Speer: What a relief. I thought I must be going deaf.
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Let's Do It
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Rudy Vallee
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A little humid, but fun
28 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

By most accounts, Clint Eastwood hijacked his long-awaited teaming with fellow superstar Burt Reynolds and the credits bear this out. After showing writer-director Blake Edwards the door, Eastwood recruited the more malleable Richard Benjamin to direct (in his autobiography, Reynolds said Benjamin was "terrified" of Eastwood), ordered Edwards' script be given a rewrite by Joseph Stinson whose only other credit was the previous year's Dirty Harry film, "Sudden Impact," brought in key players from his Malpaso crew (notably Fritz Manes as producer and Lennie Niehaus as composer), and even dumped Edwards' title, "Kansas City Jazz," in favor of the equally imaginative (I'm kidding) "City Heat."

Despite Dirty Harry's takeover, "City Heat" emerges as a showcase for Reynolds. He has the most screen time and the zippiest dialogue, but playing against a typically wooden Eastwood also heightens the opportunity for Reynolds to reap laughs with his more extroverted approach. The contrast between the two is very entertaining.

Critics were quick to dismiss this Christmas 1984 release as a bomb which it certainly appeared to be beside the Eddie Murphy blockbuster, "Beverly Hills Cop," in release at the same time. It is disappointing (Edwards would likely have given it more class), but by no means a dud. It breezes along at a comfortable pace, mixes its laughs evenly with action, and should make for a satisfying indulgence for fans of the two stars.


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