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L.A. Takedown (1989)

Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

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Michael Mann

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Michael Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Plank ... Sgt. Vincent Hanna
Alex McArthur ... Patrick McLaren
Michael Rooker ... Bosko
Ely Pouget ... Lillian Hanna
Vincent Guastaferro ... Michael Cerrito
Richard Chaves ... Det. Lou Casals
Victor Rivers ... Detective Arriaga
Laura Harrington ... Eady
Daniel Baldwin ... Det. Bobby Schwartz
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Mustafa Jackson
R.D. Call ... Harry Dieter
Peter Dobson ... Chris Sheherlis
John Santucci John Santucci ... Joe Cusomano
Xander Berkeley ... Waingro
Juan Fernández ... Harvey Torena (as Juan Fernandez)
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Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1989 (USA) See more »

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Crimewave See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Mann was glad he made L.A. Takedown (1989) because it helped to serve as a prototype for Heat (1995) and gave him the chance to see what worked and what didn't work, to play around with it, and to get deeper into it. He never planned on the TV film being a prototype, but it ended up being that way and it helped Mann to get "Heat" the way he wanted it. See more »

Goofs

The exterior after bar scene when Hanna is following Lillian on the sidewalk, the boom Mic shadow is frequently seen chasing above/behind the quarreling actors. See more »

Quotes

Detective Arriaga: [into phone/greeting] Raymond "Degenerate". Goodmorning.
Detective Arriaga: [louder] Raymond, wakeup!
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L.A. WOMAN
Performed by Billy Idol
Written by The Doors
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Magic Mike again delivers, taking you downtown
11 March 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

I must say, this original 'Heat' where the remake was more universal with bigger name actors and went into more of the character's lives, whatever, still didn't disappoint. It actually went higher than my expectations, and this being a Michael Mann film too, I should of known better, leading me to wonder that this lower profile 'Heat' pic surely didn't deserve the obscurity it must of had, sitting on the video shelves for years. The two leads are excellent, which again, had me underestimating it, especially McCarthur's performance of our A1 solid professional thief/robber, who he plays straight serious right down the line. I enjoyed him much more than seeing De Niro doing it to be frank. When seeing Pacino do hot shot dick, Hanna, in the remake, Plank, an actor who sadly isn't with us anymore, where I had seen him in some other stuff is far different, from Pacino, his interpretation here I found, mystifyingly exciting, where he brought something with it too. He's definitely someone you don't toy with, as by example in a few scenes, one I thought was hilariously cool like it's leads. I'd rather opt to watch these two than the actor duo in the 96 remake. From the word go, it's typical Michael Mannish, his signature all over this pic, those cool music scores, I never get sick of. That infamous café scene with the antagonist and protagonist, engaged me so much, especially McCarthur again, that same dialogue exchange between the two was beautiful interaction. But what was more engaging, was the pre moment to this scene where outside the coffee house, both parties, who happen to cross paths, are about to draw their guns. Plank smooths the waters, by offering to buy him coffee. The bank shootout/botched job scene was loudly intense, those deafening AK's bringing back the glimpse of a horrid memory, also from 96. Okay, if you've seen Heat like me first, you might be thinking, "Yeah so"? where there's a lot, I mean a lot of identic stuff in this, but remember, this is the original, that inspired the mega hit. Still, this comes off as a success, an underestimated surprise, with a few small differences, what have you, which is remake law, except for 'Funny Games'. Don't let this one slip by, folks, for the two cool leads, and that wonderful Mann direction, which in some ways is unsurpassable, always involving us, where we're part of film too, thanks to this master.


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