Heat

  • 15
  • Michael Mann (1995)
  • US
  • 163 min
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

Directed by Michael Mann, this crime thriller about a cop (Al Pacino) and a robber (Robert De Niro) is epic in both scale and length, clocking in at just under three hours. Though punctuated by bursts of virtuoso action, including a running battle in downtown LA that ranks as one of the best action scenes ever filmed, it is the unusual emphasis on character that impresses most. De Niro is in fine form as the calm, methodical loner whose life is arranged so that he can abandon everything in 30 seconds when the heat is on, including his sidekick, Val Kilmer. Pacino, by contrast, is more of a cliché, angst-ridden and on his third marriage. We've seen it before and catch Pacino acting all the time, especially in his set-piece meeting with De Niro. It's also a pity that after so much brilliance Mann should succumb to a derivative ending - an airport chase, à la The Killing and Bullitt, and a tidy if bloody resolution in which the wrong man gets killed.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Detective Vincent Hanna is closing in on notorious professional thief Neil McCauley. But even though he realises that the police are watching his every move, McCauley decides to go ahead with one final heist before leaving the US for a new life.

Cast and crew

Cast

Vincent Hanna
Al Pacino
Neil McCauley
Robert De Niro
Chris Shiherlis
Val Kilmer
Nate
Jon Voight
Michael Cheritto
Tom Sizemore
Justine
Diane Venora
Eady
Amy Brenneman
Charlene
Ashley Judd
Drucker
Mykelti Williamson
Casals
Wes Studi
Lauren
Natalie Portman
Bosko
Ted Levine
Donald Breedan
Dennis Haysbert
Roger Van Zant
William Fichtner
Kelso
Tom Noonan
Waingro
Kevin Gage
Alan Marciano
Hank Azaria
Trejo
Danny Trejo
Hugh Benny
Henry Rollins
Richard Toreno
Tone Loc
Dr Bob
Jeremy Piven
Ralph
Xander Berkeley
Solenko. restaurant manager
Bud Cort

Crew

Director
Michael Mann

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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