Heat


Heat

Overview:

Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.

Votes 1822 (7.7/10)

Runtime: 170 minutes

Release Date 1995-12-15

Budget: $60,000,000.00

Revenue: $187,436,818.00

Tagline: A Los Angeles Crime Saga

Production company:

  • Regency Enterprises
  • Forward Pass
  • Warner Bros.

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Lt. Vincent Hanna
Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Neil McCauley
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Chris Shiherlis
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
Nate
Jon Voight
Jon Voight
Michael Cheritto
Tom Sizemore
Tom Sizemore
Justine Hanna
Diane Venora
Diane Venora
Eady
Amy Brenneman
Amy Brenneman
Charlene Shiherlis
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd
Sergeant Drucker
Mykelti Williamson
Mykelti Williamson
Lauren Gustafson
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Bosko
Ted Levine
Ted Levine
Kelso
Tom Noonan
Tom Noonan
Richard Torena
Tone Loc
Tone Loc
Alan Marciano
Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria
Detective Casals
Wes Studi
Wes Studi
Donald Breedan
Dennis Haysbert
Dennis Haysbert
Trejo
Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo
Hugh Benny
Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
Roger Van Zant
William Fichtner
William Fichtner
Waingro
Kevin Gage
Kevin Gage
Elaine Cheritto
Susan Traylor
Susan Traylor
Schwartz
Jerry Trimble
Jerry Trimble
Albert Torena
Ricky Harris
Ricky Harris
Dr. Bob
Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven
Ralph
Xander Berkeley
Xander Berkeley
Anna Trejo
Begonya Plaza
Begonya Plaza
Armoured Guard
Rick Avery
Rick Avery
Hooker's Mother
Hazelle Goodman
Hazelle Goodman
Timmons
Ray Buktenica
Ray Buktenica
Shooter at Drive-in
Max Daniels
Max Daniels
Driver at Drive-in
Vince Deadrick Jr.
Vince Deadrick Jr.
Officer Bruce
Steven Ford
Steven Ford
Claudia
Farrah Forke
Farrah Forke
Bosko's Date
Patricia Healy
Patricia Healy
Sergeant Heinz
Paul Herman
Paul Herman
Rachel
Cindy Katz
Cindy Katz
Captain Jackson
Brian Libby
Brian Libby
Harry Dieter
Dan Martin
Dan Martin
Bank Guard
Mario Roberts
Mario Roberts
Armoured Truck Driver
Thomas Rosales, Jr.
Thomas Rosales, Jr.
Hostage Girl
Yvonne Zima
Yvonne Zima
1st SIS Detective in the hallway (uncredited)
Mick Gould
Mick Gould
Solenko, Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Bud Cort
Bud Cort
Castilian Woman (uncredited)
Viviane Vives
Viviane Vives
Lillian
Kim Staunton
Kim Staunton
Construction Clerk
Martin Ferrero
Martin Ferrero
Children's Hospital Doctor
Brad Baldridge
Brad Baldridge
Dominick
Andrew Camuccio
Andrew Camuccio
Bartender
Kenny Endoso
Kenny Endoso
Casals' Date
Kimberly Flynn
Kimberly Flynn
Marcia Drucker
Niki Harris
Niki Harris
Armoured Guard
Bill McIntosh
Bill McIntosh
Basketball Player
Rick Marzan
Rick Marzan
Children's Hospital Nurse
Terry Miller
Terry Miller
Detective
Daniel O'Haco
Daniel O'Haco
Prostitute
Kai Soremekun
Kai Soremekun
Bar Couple (uncredited)
Peter Blackwell
Peter Blackwell
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Trevor Coppola
Trevor Coppola
Police Woman (uncredited)
Mary Kircher
Mary Kircher
Grocery Store Employee (uncredited)
Darin Mangan
Darin Mangan
Cusamano (uncredited)
Robert Miranda
Robert Miranda
Grocery Store Cop (uncredited)
Manny Perry
Manny Perry
Waitress (uncredited)
Iva Franks Singer
Iva Franks Singer
Bank Guard (uncredited)
Tim Werner
Tim Werner
Ellis (uncredited)
Philip Ettington
Philip Ettington
Director
Michael Mann
Michael Mann
Screenplay
Michael Mann
Michael Mann
Producer
Art Linson
Art Linson
Producer
Michael Mann
Michael Mann
Original Music Composer
Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
Director of Photography
Dante Spinotti
Dante Spinotti
Editor
Pasquale Buba
Pasquale Buba
Editor
William Goldenberg
William Goldenberg
Editor
Dov Hoenig
Dov Hoenig
Editor
Tom Rolf
Tom Rolf
Casting
Bonnie Timmermann
Bonnie Timmermann
Production Design
Neil Spisak
Neil Spisak
Art Direction
Margie Stone McShirley
Margie Stone McShirley
Costume Design
Deborah Lynn Scott
Deborah Lynn Scott
Music Editor
Bill Abbott
Bill Abbott
Supervising Sound Editor
Per Hallberg
Per Hallberg
Special Effects Coordinator
Terry D. Frazee
Terry D. Frazee
Special Effects
Paul H. Haines Jr.
Paul H. Haines Jr.
Visual Effects Supervisor
Neil Krepela
Neil Krepela
Stunt Coordinator
Joel Kramer
Joel Kramer
Stunts
Tony Brubaker
Tony Brubaker
Set Decoration
Anne H. Ahrens
Anne H. Ahrens
Costume Supervisor
Darryl M. Athons
Darryl M. Athons
Script Supervisor
Cate Hardman
Cate Hardman
Casting
Jane Brody
Jane Brody
Special Effects
Donald Frazee
Donald Frazee
Art Department Coordinator
Oscar Mazzola
Oscar Mazzola
Assistant Art Director
Dianne Wager
Dianne Wager
Construction Coordinator
Anthony Lattanzio
Anthony Lattanzio
Assistant Costume Designer
David Le Vey
David Le Vey
Hairstylist
Leonard Engelman
Leonard Engelman
Hairstylist
Ilona Herman
Ilona Herman
Key Hair Stylist
Vera Mitchell
Vera Mitchell
Makeup Artist
John Caglione Jr.
John Caglione Jr.
Makeup Artist
Ken Diaz
Ken Diaz
Dialogue Editor
Neal J. Anderson
Neal J. Anderson
Dialogue Editor
Duncan Burns
Duncan Burns
Dialogue Editor
Hector C. Gika
Hector C. Gika
Supervising Sound Editor
Larry Kemp
Larry Kemp
Dialogue Editor
Lauren Stephens
Lauren Stephens
Camera Operator
Gary Jay
Gary Jay
Steadicam Operator
James Muro
James Muro
Still Photographer
Frank Connor
Frank Connor
First Assistant Camera
Duane Manwiller
Duane Manwiller
First Assistant Camera
Chris Moseley
Chris Moseley
Rigging Gaffer
Frank Dorowsky
Frank Dorowsky
Music Editor
Michael Connell
Michael Connell
Music Supervisor
Budd Carr
Budd Carr
First Assistant Editor
Matthew Booth
Matthew Booth
First Assistant Editor
Vicki Hiatt
Vicki Hiatt
First Assistant Editor
Thomas R. Bryant
Thomas R. Bryant
First Assistant Editor
Ray Boniker
Ray Boniker
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Anna Behlmer
Anna Behlmer
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Ron Bartlett
Ron Bartlett
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Chris Jenkins
Chris Jenkins
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Stunts
Daniel O'Haco
Daniel O'Haco
Technical Supervisor
Mick Gould
Mick Gould
Stunts
Tim Werner
Tim Werner
Executive Producer
Pieter Jan Brugge
Pieter Jan Brugge
Associate Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti
Gusmano Cesaretti
Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan
Arnon Milchan
Unit Production Manager
Christopher Cronyn
Christopher Cronyn
Assistant Director
Michael Waxman
Michael Waxman
Casting Associate
Alison E. McBryde
Alison E. McBryde
Set Costumer
Marsha Bozeman
Marsha Bozeman
Digital Effects Supervisor
Jeff Wells
Jeff Wells
Stunts
Doug Coleman
Doug Coleman
Sound Recordist
Philip Rogers
Philip Rogers
Additional Soundtrack
Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb

John Chard

You don't live with me, you live among the remains of dead people. Heat is written and directed by Michael Mann. It stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Ashley Judd, Amy Brennerman and Danny Trejo. Music is scored by Elliot Goldenthal and cinematography by Dante Spinoti. Big time thief Neil McCauley (DeNiro) is after one last major score before he retires, but hot on his tail is Vincent Hannah (Pacino), a cop equally and methodically as driven as he is himself. In the build up to Heat's release, much was made of it being the first on screen pairing of DeNiro and Pacino. A mouthwatering prospect for sure, it proved to be worth the wait and unfolds as a lesson in restrained acting with two modern greats affording each other the respect that was due. What we didn't realise in the build up to the film's release, was that it would prove to be one of the greatest cops and robbers movies of all time, brought to us by an auteur director whose kink for realism and commitment to research stands him out from much of the modern directing pack. Rarely does a film come together as one, where all the cogs of the engine are in tune, but Heat is one such picture. From cast performances to visual aesthetics, to screenplay and actual substance of story, Heat is as meticulous as it is thrilling. There are a myriad of characters brilliantly stitched together in one de-glamorised City of Angels, as plot develops, and each character and their crumbling relationships come under inspection, we are witnessing a coarse viewpoint of human nature, where people's lives are ended or defined by their choices. Everywhere you look, here, there are folk cracking under the strain of being exposed to high end crime, dreams, hopes and happiness are unlikely to be achieved, and this is on both sides of the law. For Heat, Mann fuses the tonal and visual ticks of Manhunter with that of the adrenalin rushes from Last of the Mohicans, with the former gorgeously born out by Spinoti's pin sharp photography, the latter thrillingly realised by Mann's skill at action set pieces. Once again word of mouth about the key heist and shoot out in the film led to high expectation, and again there is no disappointment. L.A. becomes a battle ground, rapid gunfire punctures the air, cars swerve and crash, bodies fall, visually and aurally it drags you to the edge of your seat, an extended action sequence fit to sit with the best of them. The kicker as well is that because Mann has been so detailed in his characterisations, we care about what happens to all parties, we understand motives and means. Which in a film with such a huge support cast is quite an achievement. There is enough in Heat to fill out a dozen other cops and robbers films, fans of neo-noir and crime films in general are spoilt supreme here. It's not rocket science really, put a group of great actors together, give them an intelligent script to work from and let them be guided by a director who will not sit still, and you get a great film. Heat, the ultimate predator and prey movie, where from beginning to end it refuses to be lazy or cop out, and energy and thought seeps from every frame. 10/10

Gimly

Partly I'm disappointed in myself for taking so long to watch _Heat_ because it's such a massive influence on one of the best movies ever (_The Dark Knight_), and one my favourite video games ever (_Payday: The Heist_). Mostly though, I'm disappointed in myself for taking so long to watch _Heat_ because I've denied myself for so long the privilege of having seen such a great fucking crime movie. _Final rating:★★★★ - An all round good movie with a little something extra._

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