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>
Neil and the crew become these during the armored car robbery when they don hockey goalie masks. However, you can still tell each guy apart based on what they are wearing and their voices: Neil and Shiherlis start in the ambulance and both are wearing paramedic uniforms. To tell them apart, Neil has a white hockey mask and Shiherlis wears a black hockey mask (he's the only one of them to wear a black mask). Cheritto has a visible tactical vest with a pistol on a crossdraw holster. Waingro's mask is shaped differently from those of the other crew members. Also, compared to Neil, Cheritto and Shiherlis, Waingro's hair is disheveled and sticks out from beneath his mask. He's also only armed with a pistol, whereas the rest of the group all have automatic rifles. Trejo is easily distinguishable because he runs across the street laying a spike trap for the cop cars while holding the distinctive-looking AK-47-copy Norinco Type 56 assault rifle, and also works the police scanner, audibly warning the rest of the crew. During the bank robbery, when the gang have their ski masks on, Neil wears a dark black suit, while Shiherlis wears a gray suit (both carry Colt M733 rifles), and his ponytail is not entirely covered by his mask. Cheritto and Shiherlis have suits of the same shade of gray, but Cheritto is carrying a different type of rifle. See more »
When Chris confronts his wife Charlene at the house in the beginning, her hair changes radically between shots. See more »
Most of the comments I've read here agree that this is a great movie. I have the same opinion. The coffee shop scene tells everything about this film: 10/10. The human side of the characters is perfectly explored, especially concerning De Niro's character (Neil). His personal conflicts are as strong as his determination and skills as a gangster. This is the magic of this film and only two fantastic actors like Pacino and De Niro could represent it so totally. Congratulations to Val Kilmer that shined and performed exceptionally well under the huge shadow of Pacino and De Niro. A must see !
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