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Black Heat (1976)

Kicks Carter, a streetwise Las Vegs cop, is out to shut down an upscale hotel that is actually a front for a host of illegal activities. A gang headed by the scuzzy Ziggy is running ... See full summary »

Director:

Al Adamson

Writers:

John D'Amato (screenplay) (as John R. D'Amato), Sheldon Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Timothy Brown ... Kicks
Russ Tamblyn ... Ziggy
Jana Bellan ... Terry
Geoffrey Land ... Tony
Regina Carrol ... Valerie
Al Richardson Al Richardson ... Alphonse
Tanya Boyd ... Stephanie
Darlene Anders Darlene Anders ... Fay
Jerry Mills Jerry Mills ... Narc
Neal Furst Neal Furst ... Ramirez
Gavin Murrell Gavin Murrell ... Mad Bomber
Gene Stowell Gene Stowell ... Messenger
Joe ArrowSmith Joe ArrowSmith ... Cop
Bob Reynolds Bob Reynolds ... Cop
J.C. Wells J.C. Wells ... Guido
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Kicks Carter, a streetwise Las Vegs cop, is out to shut down an upscale hotel that is actually a front for a host of illegal activities. A gang headed by the scuzzy Ziggy is running everything from gun-running and loan-sharking to prostitution and drug-dealing, and a beautiful but nosy reporter keeps getting in Kicks' way. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Behind Locked Doors they let hair down and do what comes naturally at. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Goofs

The moving shadow of a crew member can be seen across the front of the Dodge Charger in the desert scene towards the end of the film. See more »

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No More Mail Until Tomorrow
by Steve Dorff (as Stephen H. Dorff) and Milton Brown
Performed by Regina Carrol (uncredited)
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By Adamson's Standards Pretty Good
9 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Black Heat (1976)

** (out of 4)

A tough black cop (Timothy Brown) from Las Vegas, with the help from his white partner (Geoffrey Land), tries to stop some criminals who are bringing heroin, weapons and other items into a local hotel. Director Al Adamson tackled just about every genre and he managed to make both decent and horrible films in each of them. BLACK HEAT might not be as much fun as something like Dracula VS. FRANKENSTEIN but for the most part it's probably the best made film I've seen from the director. Had the running time been edited down another ten-minutes you might even say this was a good film from Adamson and that there would have been quite rare. The storyline itself certainly isn't anything we haven't seen from other Blaxploitation pictures but for the most part the cast is fun and we're given a couple good villains to help keep everything moving. On a technical level it appears to a little more effort went into the picture including a higher production value and some nice cinematography. There's a car chase towards the start of the picture that might be the best sequence from the director's filmmography and this includes a terrific shot of the action from on top of a cliff. Brown isn't the greatest actor in the world but I think he's good on screen and manages to help keep the film entertaining. Russ Tamblyn plays a drug dealer named Ziggy and adds a lot of fun and especially during his introduction scene. The film eventually runs out of gas and it drags too much during the finale but overall this is a minor effort in the genre that fans of the director's should like. The most bizarre scene is when a woman offers to do a gang bang if she loses a card game. She does lose but then tries to back out when the men force themselves on her. I'm really not sure what Adamson was trying to go for during this scene but it's pretty bizarre with the type of score on it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder Gang See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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