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Heat (1986)

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 (as Nick Escalante)
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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Taglines:

No fear - No law. He's out for revenge. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

In the fight lesson between Mex and Cyrus. Mex punches Cyrus in the face which result in a nose bleed. A couple of frames later the nose bleed is gone. But it reappears during their dialog later. 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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Alternate Versions

All UK releases of 'HEAT' omit the final scene, in which Peter McNicol's character survives his shotgun blast. This 'happier' ending can be found in the US DVD release only See more »


Soundtracks

The Floorwalker
Composed by Dennis Wilson
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Reynolds is better than the script.
12 November 1999 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

One of Burt Reynold's best performances. Having said that, the movie has some definite shortcomings. Mex's dreams of Venice seem awfully thin. The part where he interacts with MacNichols is much better than the Mafia stuff that the film degenerates into. All in all, however, a much better film than you'd think. (for all its obscurity)


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heat 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

Gross USA:

$2,793,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,793,214
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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