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Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in this intelligent, character-driven thriller from 1995, which also marked the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The two great actors had played father and son in the separate time periods ofThe Godfather, Part II, but this was the first film in which the pair appeared together, and although their only scene together is brief, it's the riveting fulcrum of this high-tech cops-and-robbers scenario. De Niro plays a master thief with highly skilled partners (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) whose latest heist draws the attention of Pacino, playing a seasoned Los Angeles detective whose investigation reveals that cop and criminal lead similar lives. Both are so devoted to their professions that their personal lives are a disaster. Pacino's with a wife (Diane Venora) who cheats to avoid the reality of their desolate marriage; De Niro pays the price for a life with no outside connections; and Kilmer's wife (Ashley Judd) has all but given up hope that her husband will quit his criminal career. These are men obsessed, and as De Niro and Pacino know, they'll both do whatever's necessary to bring the other down. Mann's brilliant screenplay explores these personal obsessions and sacrifices with absorbing insight, and the tension mounts with some of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed--most notably a daylight siege that turns downtown Los Angeles into a virtual war zone of automatic gunfire. At nearly three hours, the film qualifies as a kind of intimate epic, certain to leave some viewers impatiently waiting for more action, but it's all part of Mann's compelling strategy.Heat is a true rarity: a crime thriller with equal measures of intense excitement and dramatic depth, giving De Niro and Pacino a prime showcase for their finely matched talents.--Jeff Shannon
..that you can't walk away from when you feel the heat... HEAT is an epic Cops and Robbers modern day movie that has excellent cast, plot, character development, and story. Not to mention tons of action.
In the heart of Los Angeles, There are Scores of epic proportion taking place by Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and his gang of hoods (Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Danny Trejo) and soon they are being hunted by Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) an LAPD Detective who will not stop till he captures the bad guys.
The film shows relationship struggles with several of the characters and two significant "side stories" that meld well with the film: The dealings with Van Zant, a bearer bonds guy who tries to screw over McCauley after a heist, and one of the early henchmen, "WayneGro" who is a serial killer of young prostitutes.
Pacino and DeNiro's characters show extreme depth in that they are two men who are doing what they love to do, and cannot imagine doing anything else. There is an epic shootout in the streets of L.A. during the last Robbery that will blow your eardrums out! M-16's, 9MM, and just about every other assualt weapon of choice is delved out till the barrels are red hot in this great scene that lasts several minutes.
Ashley Judd plays a great role of Chris's (Kilmer) girlfriend trying to run away from a doomed relationship that McCauley tries to salvage for Chris to stay focused. She is later used as a tool to try and bring down the gang.
Jon Voight does a great job playing Nate, a man who helps McCauley set up his scores. Kilmer and Sizemore are awesome as loyal henchmen for McCauley. This movie covers friendship, betrayal, the chase, greed, power, fear, and just about every other human emotion you can think of. I loved it!
"All I know, is what I'm going after" --Detective Vincent Hanna
"Don't get so attached to something that you cannot walk away from in 30 seconds if you feel the heat around the corner" --Heist-Boss Neil McCauley
De Niro and Pacino shine! This is arguably one of my favorite action flicks. With a cast to die for, and a director who just keeps turning out fabulous films, Heat has it all for some serious testosterone. Al Pacino plays a world weary LA detective who takes down sophisticated robbers. He is pitted against the a-team of thieves led by Robert De Niro as an incredible group of actors-criminals including, Val Kilmer and Michael Masden and an all star cast of crooks looking for that big score. The sub plots are well developed, and the suspense is fabulous, as Pacino and De Niro establish a mutual respect that leads to a fantastic creshendo of conflict and action. I can't say a bad thing about this flick.Best crime film ever! Each year It gets better and better.De Niro last great performance and role.Mann's masterpiece,and the heist escape is still one of the best action sequences ever along with the already classic coffee scene and the heartbreaking ending.A must