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Las Vegas is the backdrop for all the torrid action of heat, as Burt Reynolds plays the soft-hearted bodyguard who's out to protect his friends.

Directors:

Dick Richards (as R.M. Richards), Jerry Jameson (uncredited)

Writers:

William Goldman (screenplay), William Goldman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Mex
Karen Young ... Holly
Peter MacNicol ... Cyrus Kinnick
Howard Hesseman ... Pinchus Zion
Neill Barry ... Danny DeMarco
Diana Scarwid ... Cassie
Joseph Mascolo ... Baby (as Joe Mascolo)
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Felix
Deborah Rush ... D.D.
Wendell Burton Wendell Burton ... Osgood
Joanne Jackson Joanne Jackson ... Millicent
Joe Klecko ... Kinlaw
Peter Koch ... Tiel (as Pete Koch)
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Pit Boss
Barry Polkowitz Barry Polkowitz ... Hot Shot Dealer
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Storyline

Reynolds plays an ex-soldier-of-fortunish character in Vegas, taking "Chaperone" jobs, fighting with the mob, and trying to get enough money together to move to Venice, Italy. Written by Ron Plumley <Ron@PeachNet.EDU>

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Nick Escalante isn't a violent man by nature. He's just good at it. Protection is his business. Especially when it comes to his friends. [Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banco See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,354,375, 15 March 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,793,214
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Reynolds and Director Dick Richards came to blows on the film. When the smoke settled, Richards had a broken jaw, courtesy of Reynolds. Noted TV Director Jerry Jamieson was brought in to complete the film. Richards later successfully sued Reynolds for damages in court. See more »

Goofs

Scene in Baby's office where Nick is "on trial" for murdering DeMarco's henchmen, mid way through the boom mic drops into the scene briefly. See more »

Quotes

[His qualifications.]
Mex: Well, I've been knocked down, blown up, lied to, shit on, shot at, I'm not a virgin except in my heart, nothing much surprises me anymore except what people do to each other. I'm a licensed pilot, I lectured on economics at Yale, and I can memorize the front page of the New York Times in five minutes, and repeat it back to you in five weeks. I was National Golden Gloves Champion three years in a row and I'm fluent in four languages. And... I lie a lot!
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Have Yourself A Merry Christmas
By Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
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Very Intense....please read this review
23 July 2003 | by movieman-138See all my reviews

The beginning of this movie I thought it was a horror film, a shot following a bloody woman to the ER. This is a cheat as Roger Ebert puts it and misleads us. However that set-up with the beat up girl is incredibul...its very interesting how the director chooses to take revenge on the people who beat up the girl...HOWEVER I have seen over a million movies in my day believe me and this is by far the worst ending I have ever seen. EVER. After seeing the movie I was not mad I spent 2hrs watching it because the early action scenes were very good and showing the star with a gambling problem very unique. We all know what happens to people with gambling problems and you see in the movie. However this is a very small subplot and does not get expanded in the least...very weak. There are so many things this movie could have been. And about the HORRIBLE ending I would never give it away even thou I belive it to be the worst anti-climax ending ever it is sooooooooo uniqie I dont believe any movie ever made has done it and for good reason. A million more movies can come out in the next 20 years none will end like this come on...YOUR LEADING UP TO THE FINAL BATTLE WITH a guy who has been in vietnam and is considered to be one of the deadliest men in the world and they don't even fight...you have to see what happens...wow...I can't take it. This is the longest review I have ever written on this site and I just can't get over how good this movie could have been. A dam shame...6.8 out of 10 but a definite viewing for any gamblerholic or lover of offbeat cinema.


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