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

Writer:

Michael Mann
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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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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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Mykelti Williamson, Martin Ferrero, and Xander Berkeley appeared on Miami Vice (1984), executively produced by Michael Mann, and Ted Levine appeared on the Mann-created Crime Story (1986). This was the first time all of these actors had been directed by Mann in a feature film. See more »

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Amount and pattern of blood on Neil's shirt. See more »

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[first lines]
Construction Clerk: Check, charge, or cash?
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Alternate Versions

Director Michael Mann 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 instead a silent reaction shot of Vincent was inserted.
  • Vincent's line "Ferocious, aren't I?", said after he screams at Alan Marciano, has been removed. Since only the audio was changed, the image stayed the same.
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Connections

References Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Top O' The Morning To Ya
Written by Erik Schrody (as Eric Schrod), Leor Dimant (as Leon Demant) and Willie Dixon
Performed by House of Pain
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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Masterful on all counts
30 November 2004 | by LeightWinstSee all my reviews

For some reason I cannot stop thinking about this film lately.

You know that feeling of having seen it about 3 or 4 times in the last 12 months is not enough? That's what I feel at the moment.

I rate it as Mann's best. It's his most kinetic,vibrant(for a film mostly shot in steely blue),agonising,stirring,brash,violent and brilliance in such a simple story.

What games did you play as a young kid? Cops and robbers.Good guy.Bad guy.

We all know De Niro and Pacino could have been either main part,but can you imagine it any other way round. Pacino doing ice cool calm? De Niro the manic outbursts,arms flailing? It wouldn't work. We know these men now.We know neither will stop at what they do.And yet there is no way either would stop the other.Unless they had too. Which leads us too the characters. All of them.

This is an extended family where you feel you know all of them without knowing anything at all. The cops are similar to the robbers and vice-versa. Perhaps Mann is telling us were all the same.Except in what we do.Every speaking part holds substance in this movie, and the support cast is astonishing when you actually read the caliber of who appeared in this film.Tom Sizmore, Val Kilmer,Ashley Judd,Ted Levine,Wes Studi,Hank Azaria,William Fitchner,Henry Rollins,Dennis Haysbert,Tom Noonan. And Natalie Portman, for chrissake! Try getting that cast again.

A real 10/10 film. And that Moby song at the end(God moving over the face of waters) gets me every time.


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Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,445,656, 17 December 1995

Gross USA:

$67,436,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,436,818
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2.35 : 1
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