Red Heat

Red Heat

Walter Hill (1988)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This routine fish-out-of-water thriller from director Walter Hill offered Arnold Schwarzenegger one of his more interesting action roles before he became a superstar. Playing a stony, monosyllabic Soviet cop poses no real acting problems for the big man, and in James Belushi he has an agreeably foul-mouthed foil, as the pair team up to hunt for an escaped Russian drug dealer. Hill stages a series of entertainingly violent and increasingly silly set pieces, and there's an eclectic support cast that includes Peter Boyle, Gina Gershon and Laurence Fishburne, when he was still calling himself Larry.


A Russian detective travels to America to oversee the extradition of a Georgian drug baron responsible for supplying cocaine in Moscow. He is teamed up with a hostile Chicago cop, but when their prisoner kills an officer and escapes, they put aside their mutual mistrust to bring him to justice. Action thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Laurence Fishburne and Ed O'Ross.

Cast & Crew

Capt Ivan Danko Arnold Schwarzenegger
DS Art Ridzik James Belushi
Viktor Rostavili Ed O'Ross
DS Gallagher Richard Bright
Cdr Lou Donnelly Peter Boyle
Cat Manzetti Gina Gershon
Lt Charlie Stobbs Laurence Fishburne
Streak Brion James
Director Walter Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray