Heat

Heat

Michael Mann (1995)

163min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An armoured car hold-up sets a veteran police detective on the trail of a highly intelligent career criminal, whom he is obsessed with capturing. Meanwhile, the robber is planning an elaborate bank heist as his final job before retiring, and a complex game of cat and mouse develops between the two. Michael Mann's crime thriller, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore and Natalie Portman.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Hanna Al Pacino
Neil McCauley Robert De Niro
Chris Shiherlis Val Kilmer
Michael Cheritto Tom Sizemore
Justine Diane Venora
Lauren Natalie Portman
Casals Wes Studi
Nate Jon Voight
Drucker Mykelti Williamson
Charlene Ashley Judd
Donald Breedan Dennis Haysbert
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama