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A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

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Michael Mann

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Michael Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Lt. Vincent Hanna
Robert De Niro ... Neil McCauley
Val Kilmer ... Chris Shiherlis
Jon Voight ... Nate
Tom Sizemore ... Michael Cheritto
Diane Venora ... Justine
Amy Brenneman ... Eady
Ashley Judd ... Charlene Shiherlis
Mykelti Williamson ... Sergeant Drucker
Wes Studi ... Casals
Ted Levine ... Bosko
Dennis Haysbert ... Donald Breedan
William Fichtner ... Roger Van Zant
Natalie Portman ... Lauren Gustafson
Tom Noonan ... Kelso
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Storyline

Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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A Los Angeles Crime Saga See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuego contra fuego See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,445,656, 17 December 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,436,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,000,000
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In Dog Day Afternoon (1975), another heist movie that stars Al Pacino, the final scene also took place in an airport. See more »

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A few crew members are reflected in the glass when Neil walks in front of Van Zant's house. See more »

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Construction Clerk: Check, charge, or cash?
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Alternate Versions

Director made two minor changes to the film for the Blu-ray release:
  • During Justine's conversation with Vincent at the restaurant, her line "You sift through the detritus" has been removed, and a camera cut to Vincent has been inserted.
  • Vincent's line "Ferocious, aren't I?", said after he screams at Alan Marciano, has been removed.
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Steel Cello Lament
Written & Performed by Elliot Goldenthal
Courtesy of Regency Enterprises
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One of the best films of the 90's
17 January 2005 | by eddieknockerSee all my reviews

I am assuming I am commenting on this film for those who have not seen this film and for those people I pity you. Its a crime thriller. Won't describe the story as its not particularly original and not the best thing about this film. You've got Pacino and Deniro on screen in a film for the first and possibly last time which should be recommendation enough. You've also got director Michael Mann at the top of his game. An awesome supporting cast firing on all cylinders. Arguably the best "shoot-out" in any film - ever. What more do you want???

It's a long film but there is not one wasted scene in it. Even the incidental story lines - for example, the recently paroled ex-cell mate of Deniro whose first job is in a "grill" working for a nasty, exploitative boss and then ends-up as a stand-in getaway driver for Deniros crew. It just adds weight to the whole film. All the domestic dramas of the good-guys and the bad-guys that you wouldn't get in the typical cops and robbers film are shown in loving detail and nothing is rushed. Just makes it a more satisfying and involving film.

Mann who started his career on Miami Vice almost seems to be taking a trip back to the eighties with the soundtrack and styling of the film - almost but not quite.

If you still don't want to see the film after this then what the hell's wrong with you?! Sit back and enjoy. Also - no. 247 in the top 250?? Whats up with that???


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