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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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Nick Escalante isn't a violent man by nature. He's just good at it. [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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to writer William Goldman, at least six directors worked on this film at different times. 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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A different kind of heat
28 October 2016 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

I didn't realize that film was made in '86, a year for film that I loved. The cover makes the film looks more than it is, which it isn't. This is a 90+ minute film that doesn't use too many scenes (for some just drag) or story structure that basically goes out the window for the stretch, and we wonder what the hell. And we kind of wonder what Burt is doing in this too. I mean if you're interested in watching Burt (a private eye here) win, and blow ten grand, go ahead. It's kind of interesting, especially Burt losing so bad, it causes the dealer and good friend (Scarwid) to draw tears. The paper thin revenge tale (oh, yes this from a book) of course is set in Vegas, where a close lady friend of Burt's (Young) has been up pretty bad by these three guys, two real beefy, and we know how dangerous Burt can get when provoked, causing him to do some really serious damage, the other guy, a thin sissy, faggoty type with ties to the mafia. Him and Burt meet late together in the Mafia chambers, you could say, but prefore to this, and after he does some irreparable damage, he takes some nice bundles of cash, which he gives to his avenged lady friend, who watches the show Burt gives, then skips town, where a new client, (Ally McBeal's Peter MaCnichol) befriends Burt, looking to him as his teacher, trying to make him stronger, than the whining loser he is. I really did like the scenes between these two. Yes, this is a film that will disappoint a lot of viewers, with high expectations, where they brought down, bad, but give it some more views. Very well shot, some moments near the end are shot very dark, bringing to mind the shot torture scene in Sharky's Machine.


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