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Heat (1995)



Critic Consensus: Though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share but a handful of screen minutes together, Heat is an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars -- and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre.

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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 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Al Pacino
as Vincent Hanna
Robert De Niro
as Neil McCauley
Val Kilmer
as Chris Shiherlis
Tom Sizemore
as Michael Cheritto
Diane Venora
as Justine Hanna
Ashley Judd
as Charlene Shiherlis
Wes Studi
as Casals
Tom Noonan
as Kelson
Kevin Gage
as Waingro
Hank Azaria
as Marciano
Susan Traylor
as Elaine Cheritto
Kim Staunton
as Lillian
Bud Cort
as Solenko
Henry Rollins
as Hugh Benny
Jeremy Piven
as Dr. Bob
Jerry Trimble
as Schwartz
Martin Ferrero
as Construction Clerk
Ricky Harris
as Albert Torena
Tone Loc
as Richard Torena
Begonia Plaza
as Anna Trejo
Hazelle Goodman
as Hooker's Mother
Bill McIntosh
as Armored Guard No. 1
Rick Avery
as Armored Guard No. 2
Brad Baldridge
as Children's Hospital Doctor
Max Daniels
as Shooter at Drive-In
Vince Deadrick Jr.
as Driver at Drive-In
Charles Duke
as Cop No. 5
Thomas Elfmont
as Desk Clerk Cop
Kenny Endoso
as Bartender
Kimberly Flynn
as Casals' Date
Steven Ford
as Officer Bruce
Farrah Forke
as Claudia
Hannes Fritsch
as Miracle Mile Bartender
Amanda Graves
as Linda Cheritto
Emily Graves
as Anita Cheritto
Niki Harris
as Marcia Drucker
Daniel O'Haco
as Detective No. 1
Ted Harvey
as Detective No. 2
Patricia Healy
as Bosko's Date
Paul Herman
as Sgt. Heinz
Cindy Katz
as Rachel
Brian Libby
as Captain Jackson
Dan Martin
as Harry Dieter
Rick Marzan
as Basketball Player
Terry Miller
as Children's Hospital Nurse
Paul Moyer
as News Anchorman
Mario Roberts
as Bank Guard No. 1
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as Armored Truck Driver
Rainell Saunders
as Dead Hooker
Kai Soremekun
as Prostitute
Rey Verdugo
as Vegas Cop
Wendy Walsh
as News Anchorwoman
Yvonne Zima
as Hostage Girl
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Critic Reviews for Heat

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (31)

When Pacino's loud, bruised cop and De Niro's canny crook stare at each other, you can read something spent and weary in their eyes and voices. The heat is hell. So are their jobs -- but somebody's got to do them.

April 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

The taciturn De Niro and the braying Pacino share a flawless scene over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a warring, loving couple.

April 29, 2014

So why doesn't Heat, with its elaborately staged, tautly edited robberies, its killer cast, edgy score and elegant cinematography, offer more satisfaction? It's the script, stupid.

April 29, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut.

April 29, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's nothing really new in this lengthy 1995 thriller by writer-director Michael Mann about cops and robbers in Los Angeles, but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays.

April 29, 2014 | Full Review…

An odd though often entertaining blend of The Asphalt Jungle and Oprah, a traditional cops-and-robbers story weirdly fitted out with long, earnest discussions of interpersonal relationships.

April 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heat

Masterful direction, pulsating action and thrills and key performances from Pacino and De Niro, Heat is a landmark 90s film that redefines the crime/drama genre and is visibly inspiring for modern-day films that replicate its grandeur. 4.35/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Zounds! A meeting of the Knights Of The Round Table Of Method Actors (Dustin Hoffman must've been busy)! Only Michael Mann (writer/director) discovered that putting them all in the same room is not enough - they all need something to do. Fortunately he's enough script for DeNiro and Pacino. Nobody else though. Luckily he's got a gunfight planned, so everybody gets a piece of that. And that's probably good enough.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An obsessive robbery homicide detective is locked in a battle of wits with an ingenious crew of professional criminals looking to score a multi-million dollar bank heist under his very nose. When you see a cast list like this one you know you're in for something special, but Heat is not just special; it's an absolute masterclass. It's a fairly common formula in this day and age, showing cop and criminal as two sides of the same coin, but the way Mann effortlessly flits between both sets of superbly realised characters has never been bettered and paved the way for the modern cop drama including everything from Infernal Affairs to The Dark Knight. The performances are all, of course, top notch and every aspect of the film that surrounds them is faultlessly engineered to create a near perfect heist movie. The bank shoot out that turns the streets of L.A. into a war zone is astonishing in itself and candidate for best action sequence ever filmed. The soundtrack has maybe dated a little in places and some of the domestic drama a little heavy handed compared to the levels of sophistication shown in telling the life stories of these men born of violence, but it is all interwoven into something that exceeds the sum of its parts. A modern classic.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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