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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


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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Special Features

New content changes supervised by director Michael Mann; Commentary by writer/producer/director Michael Mann; 11 additional scenes; 5 revealing documentaries; True Crime: recalling the real-life Chicago cop and criminal whose exploits inspired the movie; Crime stories: the screenplay's 20-year history and how the movie finally got greenlit; Into the Fire: filming in L.A., cast training, shooting the climatic downtown heist and postproduction ; Pacino and De Niro: the Conversation: anatomy of this historical on-screen showdown; Return to the Scene of the Crime: revisiting the film's real-life L.A. locations years later; Theatrical trailers

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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Heat 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Mann pays homage to his classic TV saga CRIME STORY and in doing so, comes full circle...this is CRIME STORY with superstar talent. You can even recall some of the dialogue from the show (''You do not get to watch my television set''). Pacino brings another memorable character to his CV with Lt. Vincent Hanna, a cop obsessed. DeNiro portrays super thief Neil McCauley with frightening realism. Val Kilmer abandons the pretty boy image as a degenerate gambler on DeNiro's crime team. Incredible action and pace. This is a winner and Mann's best work since THIEF (1981).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything you can hope for in a bombastic, razor sharp movie that will astound all action junkies everywhere. Superstar cast, cinematography of the highest order, and a terrific plot. What else is there?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything comes together brilliantly in this memorable film about crime and law enforcement. The cinematography, screenplay, direction, acting, etc. Well, especially the acting. 3 of my favorites come together (Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Tom Sizemore) to deliver great performances. Best Film of 1995!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is nothing but a TV cop drama. It is very long and there is not much action. There are not even any good lines. In one word, 'insipid'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly an underrated film. With sensational acting, including one of the great scenes you'll see in film, DeNiro and Pacino meeting face-to-face in the diner, this is a can't miss for those that appreciate great acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a great film. Al Pacino and Robert Deniro finally meeting is something they everyone wants i'm sure. Not 1 scene in this movie wasted. Plenty of action and swearing. This is kind of a drama and crime movie. I really liked Tom Seizmore's character, he is such an underated actor especially his performance in Saving Private Ryan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Micheal Mann, the director of great movies like 'The last of the Mohicans' and 'Ali', dilivers a powerful and detailing look into the minds of the men, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. As the movie progresses, we find out that the two men, one a cop and the other a mastermind theif, have more in common with one another than they both think. A truly great insight at these two powerful actors, and a great direction with awsome fire-fights and chases, 'Heat' promises to deliver an action-packed knock-out to anyone who watches it. One hell of a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating look at ''good'' putting the heat to ''evil'' in this world where the good guy has his evil and the bad guy has his good. These two men NEED each other for success in their ''professions''. In the coffee shop they each say what they must say, regardless of ''how it will be''. This film is a superb example of sweeping cinematography beautifully matched to a really cool musical score. It's deep enough to THINK your way through it, even in the action scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put - if films like Braveheart, The Usual Suspects, Dead Man Walking, Mighty Aphrodite, and Apollo 13 hadn't won the hearts of the Academy in 1995, Michael Mann's epic masterpiece would have reigned supreme at the Oscars. This movie is filmmaking at it's finest. Action is perfectly apportioned, drama is omnipresent, and depth prevails. I can honestly say this is the most soulful and passionate movie I have ever seen in my life. It is a terrific study of humantity in a crime-saga arena. Mr. Mann has inspired me intensely and hopefully one day I will make a picture as good as this. Readers of my reivew, take these words to heart and rent this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I readily enjoyed this from beginning to end. The character development of the story is incredibly documented. The most annoying and relentless character is not the bad guy, but the good guy (Al Pacino.) The movie does an excellent job as it portrays Deniro not as a robotic sociopath, but also brazenly demonstrates his status as a human being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this flick, everybody's evil to a degree. Vincent Hanna, the obsessive detective, has an almost intrinsic viciousness about him while the honorable robber Neil McCauley is nearing the end of the line where these two brilliant men on opposite sides of the law, face to face, (literally)for the first time. Pacino and DeNiro, only one of these Hollywood heavyweights can make it out alive. I won't say who. Michael Mann wrote probably the best crama drama/thriller since the Godfather in Heat. The characters are terrific with one hell of a shootout. I love it when Neil goes after Wangrow and Van Zant for revenge! I won't give anymore away. It's up for you to decide to watch or not, at your own peril.
SuperGrandma46 More than 1 year ago
Al Pacino and Robert DiNero at their best. Great plot, great acting, lots of action and an emotional ending. The soundtrack during the robbery is great!!!
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
Heat The epic cops and robbers movie with an all-star cast including Ashley Judd, Robert Deniro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer. I loved this movie. It kept me on the edge and the performances were unforgettable.
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OhRyan More than 1 year ago
I'm not saying this just to bash a movie or be 'that jerk'. Though this movie has a lot of powerful actors who play the parts very well, the film has a lazy pace. The plot follows too many different characters personal lives unnecessarily, and has shoot-outs that make Die Hard 2 look like a true story. Additionally, This movie ends terribly. Everyone I watched this with hated it as well. I wanted to like this movie, but would've been better served watching Goodfellas again. Though I know alot of people who love this movie, I disagree entirely.