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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[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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Should have been a sequel to Malone
20 November 2007 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

Even though it came out a few months earlier, this great Burt Reynold's obscurity, "Heat," could have easily been a sequel to his other great 80s obscurity, "Malone." Once you changed a couple of small plot points to make the films consistent, you'd still have exactly the same character at the center of each. Burt acts the same, looks the same, dresses the same, and his character in Heat has a very similar background and the exact same skills as the one on "Malone." In fact, the two films even share some of the same lines of dialog (almost). In "Malone" the young girl tells Burt's character that he must like violence. Burt replies that "No, I'm just good at it--there's a difference." In "Heat" Peter McNichol asks Burt if he's a naturally violent person. To which Burt replies "No, I'm just good at it." I mean, really--could that be a total coincidence?

Another similarity--"Malone" was basically a old fashioned Western in the "Shane" mode. "Heat" is basically a Spaghetti Western in the revenge mode.

I love both of these flicks and wish they'd get decent DVD releases.


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