Heat

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.
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Film Cast:

  • Lt. Vincent Hanna: Al Pacino
  • Neil McCauley: Robert De Niro
  • Chris Shiherlis: Val Kilmer
  • Nate: Jon Voight
  • Michael Cheritto: Tom Sizemore
  • Justine Hanna: Diane Venora
  • Eady: Amy Brenneman
  • Charlene Shiherlis: Ashley Judd
  • Sergeant Drucker: Mykelti Williamson
  • Detective Casals: Wes Studi
  • Bosko: Ted Levine
  • Donald Breedan: Dennis Haysbert
  • Roger Van Zant: William Fichtner
  • Lauren Gustafson: Natalie Portman
  • Kelso: Tom Noonan
  • Waingro: Kevin Gage
  • Alan Marciano: Hank Azaria
  • Elaine Cheritto: Susan Traylor
  • Lillian: Kim Staunton
  • Trejo: Danny Trejo
  • Hugh Benny: Henry Rollins
  • Schwartz: Jerry Trimble
  • Construction Clerk: Martin Ferrero
  • Albert Torena: Ricky Harris
  • Richard Torena: Tone Loc
  • Anna Trejo: Begonya Plaza
  • Hooker’s Mother: Hazelle Goodman
  • Timmons: Ray Buktenica
  • Dr. Bob: Jeremy Piven
  • Ralph: Xander Berkeley
  • Armored Guard #2: Rick Avery
  • Children’s Hospital Doctor: Brad Baldridge
  • Dominick: Andrew Camuccio
  • Dominick: Brian Camuccio
  • Shooter at Drive-in: Max Daniels
  • Driver at Drive-in: Vince Deadrick Jr.
  • Cop #5: Charles Duke
  • Desk Clerk Cop: Thomas Elfmont
  • Bartender: Kenny Endoso
  • Casals’ Date: Kimberly Flynn
  • Officer Bruce: Steven Ford
  • Claudia: Farrah Forke
  • Miracle Mile Bartender: Hannes Fritsch
  • Linda Cheritto: Amanda Graves
  • Anita Cheritto: Emily Graves
  • Marcia Drucker: Niki Haris
  • Detective #2: Ted Harvey
  • Bosko’s Date: Patricia Healy
  • Sergeant Heinz: Paul Herman
  • Rachel: Cindy Katz
  • Captain Jackson: Brian Libby
  • Armored Guard #1: Bill McIntosh
  • Harry Dieter: Dan Martin
  • Basketball Player: Rick Marzan
  • Children’s Hospital Nurse: Terry Miller
  • News Anchorman: Paul Moyer
  • Detective #1: Daniel O’Haco
  • Bank Guard #1: Mario Roberts
  • Alphonse: Phillip Robinson
  • Armored Truck Driver: Thomas Rosales Jr.
  • Dead Hooker: Rainell Saunders
  • Prostitute: Kai Soremekun
  • Vegas Cop: Rey Verdugo
  • News Anchorwoman: Wendy L. Walsh
  • Hostage Girl: Yvonne Zima
  • Nurse (uncredited): Monica Lee Bellais
  • Bar Couple (uncredited): Peter Blackwell
  • Restaurant Patron (uncredited): Trevor Coppola
  • Solenko, Restaurant Manager (uncredited): Bud Cort
  • Marciano’s Secretary (uncredited): Michele Edison
  • Prostitute (uncredited): Annette Goodman
  • 1st SIS Detective in the Hallway (uncredited): Mick Gould
  • Police Woman (uncredited): Mary Kircher
  • Mustached Cop with Capt. Jackson on Roof (uncredited): David Koseruba
  • Grocery Store Employee (uncredited): Darin Mangan
  • Police Woman (uncredited): Melissa S. Markess
  • Man at Party (uncredited): Andre McCoy
  • Bookstore Patron (uncredited): Darren Melton
  • Cusamano (uncredited): Robert Miranda
  • Doreen Daniel, Diner Patron (uncredited): Kathryn Mullen
  • Grocery Store Cop (uncredited): Manny Perry
  • Road-blockade Cop (uncredited): Jimmy N. Roberts
  • Waitress (uncredited): Iva Franks Singer
  • Restaurant Patron (uncredited): Jimmy Star
  • Beach Walker (uncredited): Gloria Koehn Straube
  • Castilian Woman (uncredited): Viviane Vives
  • Bank Guard (uncredited): Tim Werner

Film Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Arnon Milchan
  • Producer: Michael Mann
  • Executive Producer: Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Editor: William Goldenberg
  • Casting: Bonnie Timmermann
  • Editor: Tom Rolf
  • Producer: Art Linson
  • Music Editor: Bill Abbott
  • Set Decoration: Anne H. Ahrens
  • Original Music Composer: Elliot Goldenthal
  • Production Design: Neil Spisak
  • Costume Design: Deborah Lynn Scott
  • Hairstylist: Leonard Engelman
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Ron Bartlett
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Per Hallberg
  • Director of Photography: Dante Spinotti
  • Editor: Pasquale Buba
  • Editor: Dov Hoenig
  • Art Direction: Margie Stone McShirley
  • Makeup Artist: John Caglione Jr.
  • Key Hair Stylist: Vera Mitchell
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Terry D. Frazee
  • Special Effects: Paul H. Haines Jr.
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Neil Krepela
  • Stunt Coordinator: Joel Kramer
  • Stunts: Tony Brubaker
  • Makeup Artist: Ken Diaz
  • Additional Soundtrack: Jimmy Webb
  • Hairstylist: Ilona Herman
  • Steadicam Operator: J. Michael Muro
  • Assistant Art Director: Dianne Wager
  • Original Music Composer: Brian Eno
  • First Assistant Editor: Matthew Booth
  • Music Supervisor: Budd Carr
  • Stunts: Doug Coleman
  • Assistant Director: Michael Waxman
  • Digital Effects Supervisor: Jeff Wells
  • Music Score Producer: Matthias Gohl
  • Associate Producer: Gusmano Cesaretti
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Andy Nelson
  • First Assistant Camera: Chris Moseley
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Chris Jenkins
  • Dialogue Editor: Duncan Burns
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Larry Kemp
  • Set Costumer: Marsha Bozeman
  • Dialogue Editor: Lauren Stephens
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Anna Behlmer
  • First Assistant Camera: Duane Manwiller
  • Construction Coordinator: Anthony Lattanzio
  • First Assistant Editor: Thomas R. Bryant
  • Dialogue Editor: Hector C. Gika
  • Music Editor: Michael Connell
  • Camera Operator: Gary Jay
  • Still Photographer: Frank Connor
  • Rigging Gaffer: Frank Dorowsky
  • Casting: Jane Brody
  • First Assistant Editor: Ray Boniker
  • First Assistant Editor: Vicki Hiatt
  • Technical Supervisor: Mick Gould
  • Script Supervisor: Cate Hardman
  • Art Department Coordinator: Oscar Mazzola
  • Unit Production Manager: Christopher Cronyn
  • Assistant Costume Designer: David Le Vey
  • Costume Supervisor: Darryl M. Athons
  • Dialogue Editor: Neal J. Anderson
  • Casting Associate: Alison E. McBryde
  • Assistant Editor: Mark S. Westmore
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Mark Smith
  • Special Effects: Donald Frazee
  • Stunts: Daniel O’Haco
  • Stunts: Tim Werner
  • Scoring Mixer: Stephen McLaughlin

Movie Reviews:

  • 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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