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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sgt. Vincent Hanna
... Patrick McLaren
... Bosko
... Lillian Hanna
... Michael Cerrito
... Det. Lou Casals
... Detective Arriaga
... Eady
... Det. Bobby Schwartz
... Mustafa Jackson
... Harry Dieter
... Chris Sheherlis
John Santucci ... Joe Cusomano
... Waingro
... 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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The original 180 page screenplay predates both L.A. Takedown (1989) and Heat (1995), it was written in the late 70s and then revised after Michael Mann had finished Thief (1981). When making the TV movie version, Mann had to severely abridge the original script and abstracted around 110 pages from the 180 page script, making the TV movie not fully developed compared to the later cinematic version. See more »

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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 »

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Bosko: Vincent. Recognize their M.O.?
Sgt. Vincent Hanna: Yeah. Their M.O. is that they are good.
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Referenced in The Making of 'Heat' (2005) See more »

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L.A. WOMAN
Performed by Billy Idol
Written by The Doors
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Stands up well next to Heat
13 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

It's impossible to talk about this film in isolation from Mann's second, more successful attempt. They are almost identical films by virtue of the script, although there is different emphasis at given moments. Heat is a better film; it has the all the administrative advantages of coming after this one as well as better actors and a larger budget.

Yet L.A. Takedown stands up well. Scott Plank (Hanna/Pacino) and Alex Arthur (Patrick McClaren/de Niro) are well cast, even adopting the same mania/iceberg opposed mannerisms as the more famous incumbents of the role. The raw existential despair that is the undoing of the two characters stays in the script but hasn't translated quite as well onto the screen - Laura Harrington's Eady says 'lonely' but doesn't look it, like Amy Brenneman does. Ely Pouget is an honest, worldly woman like Diane Venore though.

There's one minor loose end but that's it really. We still get the trademark bleached look, set piece authenticity and soulful, LA-by-night shots that Mann likes. A fairly good thriller in its own right but a deeply fascinating one to watch in tandem with Heat. 5/10


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