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 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 ... 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

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One brings his own style from Moscow to Chicago. The other has no style at all. With this much friction, there's gonna be Heat... See more »


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Art asks Ivan what Viktor did to piss of the Russian government by saying "What did he do, piss on the Kremlin wall or something? " This is most likely a reference to Ozzy Osbourne pissing on the Alamo which occurred roughly 6 years prior to this film's release. See more »

Goofs

When the bus driven by Arnold Schwarzenegger crashes through the fountain, its left headlight is smashed. However, several later shots of the bus show both headlights are still functioning. See more »

Quotes

Art Ridzik: Nice grouping of your shots
Ivan Danko: Thank you
[returns magnum]
Ivan Danko: I still like soviet version better
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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 »

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Referenced in Granada Reports: 8 August 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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DISKO YUK
Keprohi Music (BMI)
Written and Performed by Michael Welsh
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A buddy film that works and works well
12 March 2003 | by chvylvr80See all my reviews

Red Heat is a surprisingly good movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi have good chemistry in this Russian cop/cop buddy film. In this film at least it makes sense for Arnie to have an accent. There is some good lines and the back and forth between these two is pretty funny sometimes. When Jim Belushi plays a cop he puts on this irreverant "I don't like the rules but I get things done" style. It is this style combined with Arnold's "complete objective at all costs" style that makes this film work. The footage that was shot in Red Square is breathtaking, and overall the movie manages to take a basic plot and make it entertaining. On a side note, the holdout gun used by the villian (Ed O'Ross) in the movie is pretty damn cool if you're into that kind of thing. Bottom Line: This is worth getting, or you can rent it every once and awhile if you can only take Arnold for so long.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

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

Gross USA:

$34,994,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,994,648
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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