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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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Robert Altman bowed out as the original director because US Immigration denied a visa to Altman's Canadian cameraman, Pierre Mignot. See more »

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The man jumping over walls during the foot chase is very obviously not Reynolds. 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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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 »


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The Floorwalker
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A brilliant, nervous and tense ride, conducted by the legend Burt Reynolds
2 March 1999 | by arySee all my reviews

"Heat" is an exceptional, vigorous and agile film, that counts with an efficient cast and a brilliant and structured story in a correct way. In this world where everybody looks for pleasures without limits, Nick Escaliente (magnificently interpreted by Burt Reynolds), a veteran combatant from Vietnam, specialist in martial arts, tries to win a lot of money in the casinos of Nevada. In his side, there are two inseparable friends, a boy (Peter MacNicol, also excellent and funny) and a prostitute. When his friend is murdered, Escaliente decides to show all his ferocity and his know-how in the martial arts, and to kill the mafioso ones. Reynolds is brilliant, and at the same time frightening as a man who carries inside of him a lot of hate and he riots and he is always ready to explode!the sequences where he avenges the friends' death and he beats to the end his enemies is of a violence and explicit plasticity. The director doesn't lose the control of the plot, and it drives the intrigue with a surgical precision, showing that the distance between the exaggerated violence and the happiness is short and fragile. I affirm that "Heat" is a "current" western, because the story happens in a dangerous and lawless Las Vegas, where the smallest negligence can mean the end!and "Heat" portrays this city with fidelity and professionalism, offering a plausible, pleasant and unforgettable show!this film really needs to be seen, appreciated and applauded!Burt Reynolds respects, as always, his fans, and he offers his more common acting: the solitary man, tough, charming, cynic and extremely lethal, who is always in the limit. The film seems to have been done in the measure for the star, and it still reaches its objective, guaranteed a hallucinating, explosive and touching day in Las Vegas!rent it, and you will understand why!!!


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