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Heat (1995)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Vincent Hanna
... Neil McCauley
... Chris Shiherlis
... Nate
... Michael Cheritto
... Justine
... Eady
... Charlene Shiherlis
... Sergeant Drucker
... Casals
... Bosko
... Donald Breedan
... Roger Van Zant
... Lauren Gustafson
... 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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An L.A. Redemption See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego contra fuego  »

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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:

$187,436,818
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mykelti Williamson, in the Special Edition DVD of the movie, said in an interview, that Michael Mann arranged for cast members to meet with real-life LAPD Detectives and professional criminals at an exclusive restaurant (the name of which Williamson refused to disclose) where LAPD detectives and criminals socialized. Cast members playing the detectives had dinner with the LAPD detectives and their wives one night, while the cast members playing the thieves had dinner with the real-life criminals and their wives on a separate night. Williamson said that Mann arranged these events so the actors and actresses would have a better idea of how real detectives and criminals socialized and interacted with each other. See more »

Goofs

Neil and his crew never gave Kelso ten percent of the money stolen from the bank robbery which was part of their original deal because they never intended to because already had their "out" prepared. See more »

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[first lines]
Construction Clerk: Check, charge, or cash?
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References Sea of Love (1989) See more »

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The Mighty Limpopo
Written and Performed by William Orbit
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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Heat is truly epic, absolutely breathtaking
17 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

One of the most amazing things about Heat is the scale of the film; it is nearly three hours long and packed to bursting with mind-blowing visuals. It seems one of Michael Mann's main priorities was to make a film with a dreamlike feel to it, to portray LA as a dusty oil-painting on which complex characters could play out their lives. One of the main themes is the similarity of the career criminal and the street-wise cop. It is fascinating to find yourself really feeling for DeNiro's tragic bank-robber, a man of philosophical merit who realises he's stuck in a life of crime he doesn't want to lead. Pacino's cop is less easy to sympathise with, but he too leads an in-escapable life of guns and crime. What really stands out is the climax. On the whole, Heat has to be the best cops n' robbers film ever made, indeed, one of the best films. An epic, wonderful, sad, adrenaline-fuelled exercise in scale and grandeur.


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