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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Company Credits

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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

Walter Hill said of James Horner's score, "I told James I wanted something like you're in the Olympics and you've just won a gold medal," said Hill. "I wanted something heroic." See more »

Goofs

After the cross dressing nurse shoots the air bubble into the Russian man in the hospital, the man supposed to dead. But the next screen shot of the two you can see the dead man is moving his head side to side. See more »

Quotes

Art Ridzik: You were talking to that jazzball so long I thought about having my head shaved.
Ivan Danko: It could be a good idea.
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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

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

Soundtracks

JACKIN' NATIONAL ANTHEM
Produced and Written by Mickey Oliver & Cheese
Mixin' Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Hot Mix & Records
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User Reviews

 
"Name?" "Danko." "You're Welcome!"
25 April 2007 | by JamesShugartSee all my reviews

A highly entertaining film that stars Anrold Schwarzanagger as tough and dutiful Russian cop Ivan Danko and James Belushi as the undisciplined passionate American cop Art Ridzik. Ed O'Ross is great as the evil drug running Viktor Rosta who escapes to America after Danko busts him in Russia. Danko follows Rosta to America where Commander Lou Donnelly(The late Peter Boyle) assigns Ridzik and his partner Sergeant Gallagher(Richard Bright) to help Danko out with his investigation. When Gallagher is killed by Rosta and his gang, Ridzik flies into a rage and decides to do things Danko's way-Shoot first and think later. With stalwart supporting performances from O'Ross, Boyle, and a younger Laurence Fishburne, and fine directing from Walter Hill, Red Heat is definitely recommended for all Arnie or Belushi fans. A previous comment stated that there were no good 1-liners in this film. That statement is incorrect. It's just that Arnold played the straight man, setting up Jim Belushi for the great lines. 9/10


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