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Red Heat (1988)

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A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

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Walter Hill

Writers:

Walter Hill (story), Harry Kleiner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Ivan Danko
Jim Belushi ... Art Ridzik (as James Belushi)
Peter Boyle ... Lou Donnelly
Ed O'Ross ... Viktor Rostavili
Laurence Fishburne ... Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)
Gina Gershon ... Cat Manzetti
Richard Bright ... Sgt. Gallagher
J.W. Smith J.W. Smith ... Salim
Brent Jennings ... Abdul Elijah
Gretchen Palmer Gretchen Palmer ... Hooker
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Night Clerk
Mike Hagerty ... Pat Nunn (as Michael Hagerty)
Brion James ... Streak
Gloria Delaney Gloria Delaney ... Intern
Peter Jason ... TV Announcer
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Storyline

A mutually uneasy alliance is formed between the stern Captain Ivan Danko of the Moscow Police and his American equivalent, the Chicago Detective Art Ridzik when the latter captures Viktor Rostavili, a dangerous Georgian drug kingpin. With his partner murdered by Viktor's hands, Ivan lands in Chicago to extradite the crime lord back to Russia, however, when he manages to escape, a frenzied chase in the bustling downtown will begin. In the end, to bring down the ruthless criminal, are the two reluctant comrades who are worlds apart willing to put their differences aside? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Moscow's toughest detective. Chicago's craziest cop. There's only one thing worse than making them mad. Making them partners.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dimitri See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,133,822, 19 June 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,994,648
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Arresting a bald gunman, Ridzic says, "You look like Marvin Hagler. I lost money on Hagler!" This is a reference to a boxing match that took place in 1987, the year before this movie was made, between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard. Both fighters fought well, and at the end of the 12-round match, Hagler was believed to be the winner. However, Leonard was awarded the victory in a highly-controversial split decision. See more »

Goofs

In the article by Fowler in the London Times there is the word "kilometers" with the American spelling rather than the British spelling "kilometres". It is very unlikely that an article by a British journalist in a British newspaper would use this spelling. It is also unlikely a British newspaper would use Kilometres, as Britain still uses imperial miles, road signs, speed limits etc are all still stated in Miles. Although for smaller measurements, the metric system is used, Kilo's instead of Pounds and Centimetres in place of inches. See more »

Quotes

Abdul Elijah: Revolutionary political leaders like myself are incarcerated to keep us quiet.
Ivan Danko: What is your political crime?
Abdul Elijah: I robbed a bank.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits certain letters are reversed so as to imitate Russian Cyrillic script. In particular, "Rs" and "Ns" are reversed. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. Rental VHS (Starlight) was also edited for violence. Retail VHS (Starlight, EuroVideo) included all the violence but missed 9 minutes of dialogue (oddly both versions were rated "Not under 16"). In 1997 the film was re-released by Astro, this time in its uncut form with a "Not under 18" rating (it was advertised as being a "Director's Cut"). DVD (Kinowelt) is also uncut. See more »

Connections

Edited into Running Red (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

STRANGER ON THE SHORE
Written by Acker Bilk & Robert Mellin
Produced by Michael Welsh
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing. LTD.
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User Reviews

 
Good Movie
26 March 2008 | by matthew-t-sheltonSee all my reviews

I really liked this movie. I have a thing for late 80's action flicks like Beverly Hills Cop or 48 hrs. I thought this was pretty good movie. One of the members on here said Belushi's character was the worst part of the movie. I thought Belushi was pretty good and comedic. I love the dialogue in the movie between Danko and Ridzik at the coffee shop. Overall I would definitely recommend this movie. I also find the content to be appealing. Russian Mob and drug smuggling. I also thought the bad guy Viktor was a really cool part played by Ed O'Ross who also plays Dutch Schultz right hand man in Hoodlum which is not nearly as good as Red Heat.


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