Heat

Heat

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Director: Michael Mann

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer

     
 

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A successful career criminal considers getting out of the business after one last score, while an obsessive cop desperately tries to put him behind bars in this intelligent thriller written and directed by Michael Mann. Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is a thief who specializes in big, risky jobs, such as banks and armored cars. He's very good at what he does; he's… See more details below

Overview

A successful career criminal considers getting out of the business after one last score, while an obsessive cop desperately tries to put him behind bars in this intelligent thriller written and directed by Michael Mann. Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is a thief who specializes in big, risky jobs, such as banks and armored cars. He's very good at what he does; he's bright, methodical, and has honed his skills as a thief at the expense of his personal life, vowing never to get involved in a relationship from which he couldn't walk away in 30 seconds. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is an L.A.P.D. detective determined to catch McCauley, but while McCauley's personal code has forced him to do without a wife and children, Hanna's dedication has made a wreck of the home he's tried to have; he's been divorced twice, he's all but a stranger to his third wife, and he has no idea how to reach out to his troubled step-daughter. While McCauley has enough money to retire and is planning to move to New Zealand, he loves the thrill of robbery as much as the profit, and is blocking out plans for one more job; meanwhile, he's met a woman, Eady (Amy Brenneman), whom he's not so sure he can walk away from. The supporting cast includes Val Kilmer as Chris, one of McCauley's partners; Ashley Judd as his wife Charlene; Jon Voight as Nate; Hank Azaria as Alan Marciano; and Henry Rollins as Hugh, who is beaten up by Hanna.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Bolstered by the stellar performances of two screen giants, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Heat rather ambitiously delineates the relativity of good and evil in contemporary society, turning what might have been a routine crime thriller into a thought-provoking, if melancholy, reflection on modern life. Writer-director Michael Mann (Collateral) presents a sprawling narrative that pits obsessed, intuitive police detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino) against highly disciplined thief Neil McCauley (De Niro), whose latest robbery target is a seemingly burglarproof bank in Los Angeles. McCauley has always managed to slip away from crime scenes and elude Hanna, but this time things could be different: The heist’s complexity requires the employment of thugs the master thief doesn’t quite trust -- with good reason, as it turns out. The story plays out along parallel tracks; De Niro and the crooks here, Pacino and the cops there. The two leads don’t confront each other until well into the movie’s explosive third act -- unbelievably, their first time on screen together -- which builds to a suspenseful climax at LAX. Mann surrounds his stars with top-flight supporting actors, including Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, and Diane Venora. What elevates Heat above most movies of its type is the moral ambiguity of the characters: The good guys aren’t all good, and the bad guys aren’t all bad. The production has the same stylishly gritty look that Mann has been using since his old TV show, Miami Vice, and the caper -- including a bravura set-piece on the streets of downtown L.A. -- is presented in a cold, clinical manner that suggests documentary more than narrative film. At nearly three hours, Heat is long; yet the intricate plot, the rich characterizations, and Mann’s masterful direction combine to make a film worthy of its epic length.
All Movie Guide
Prior to Michael Mann's stylish crime epic, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro had appeared in only one film together, The Godfather Part II, in which they never appeared in the same scenes. Their combined star power was one of Heat's major selling points, but there's also more to the film than their onscreen meeting. As he did in Thief, Manhunter, and Last of the Mohicans, Mann ladles on a rich, visceral atmosphere. The impressive shoot-out sequence on the streets of Los Angeles has an operatic resonance that would make Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, or even John Woo proud. Mann's slick direction is matched by Elliot Goldenthal's driving score and the glistening cinematography of Dante Spinotti.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/1996
UPC:
0085391466239
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino 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
Mykelti Williamson Det. Drucker
Ted Levine Bosko
Wes Studi Det. Casals
Tom Noonan Kelso
Danny Trejo Trejo
Dennis Haysbert Breedan
William Fichtner Van Zant
Hank Azaria Alan Marciano
Kevin Gage Waingro
Natalie Portman Lauren
Anthony Smith Richard Torena
Bud Cort Solenko
Susan Traylor Elaine Cheritto
Kim Staunton Lillian
Henry Rollins Hugh Benny
Jerry Trimble Schwartz
Martin Ferrero Construction Clerk
Begonia Plaza Anna Trejo
Hazelle Goodman Hooker's Mother
Ray Buktenica Timmons
Jeremy Piven Dr. Bob
Rick Avery Armoured Guard
Bill McIntosh Armoured Guard
Kenny Endoso Bartender
Kimberly Flynn Casals' Date
Steven Ford Officer Bruce
Niki Harris Marcia Drucker
Daniel O'Haco Detective
Patricia Healy Bosko's Date
Paul Herman Sergeant Heinz
Brian Libby Captain Jackson
Dan Martin Harry Dieter
Rick Marzan Basketball Player
Terry Miller Children's Hospital Nurse
Thomas Rosales Armoured Truck Driver
Kai Soremekun Prostitute
Xander Berkeley Ralph
Farrah Forke Claudia
Mario Roberts Bank Guard

Technical Credits
Michael Mann Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Tony Brubaker Stunts
Pieter Jan Brugge Executive Producer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Ami Canaan Asst. Director
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Gusmano Cesaretti Associate Producer
Doug Coleman Stunts
Tom Elliott Stunts
Robert Fechtman Set Decoration/Design
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Dov Hoenig Editor
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Norman Howell Stunts
Joel Kramer Stunts
Art Linson Producer
Michael Maxman Asst. Director
Gary McLarty Stunts
Cliff McLaughlin Stunts
Marjorie Stone McShirley Art Director
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Donald Myers Special Effects
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Rolf Editor
Steven Schwartz Set Decoration/Design
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathleen M. Shea Associate Producer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting

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