Heat

Heat

DVD - 2005
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A career thief and a detective square off to make sure that the other does not succeed. Special features include: additional scenes; audio commentary; documentaries; and more.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2005
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780790783048
0790783045
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 172 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Mar 21, 2018

Despite the film’s ample artillery and a crackling pace that rarely rests for a moment, writer/director Michael Mann’s 3-hour policier epic is not as concerned with hardware and strategy as it is with focusing on the psychological landscape between the good guys and the bad. Thief McCauley (De Niro in fine form) and policeman Hanna (Pacino, ditto) are two sides of a very dark coin and Mann drives this symmetry home every chance he gets—both men are obsessive perfectionists; both are ruthless in their pursuits; and although one has chosen the high road and one the low road, both of their paths come with dire personal consequences starting with an inability to love unconditionally. Stylishly shot in midnight colours with a moody soundtrack that stretches from Brian Eno and Moby to Hungarian composer Györy Ligeti and the Kronos Quartet, this is a film weighted with pessimism and broken dreams where long passages of introspection are shattered by scenes of grim violence including a deadly shoot-out in downtown Los Angeles so realistic it’s been used to train soldiers and police officers alike. Val Kilmer co-stars as McCauley’s right-hand man—a jarring combination of cold-blooded robber and emotionally needy husband—and Diane Venora plays Hanna’s live-in girlfriend, a woman who weathers his many absences with sour grace while her daughter (a teen-aged Natalie Portman) slowly comes undone. Mesmerizing from those brutal opening scenes to an unexpectedly moving coda.

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reginator_22
Jan 27, 2018

Cops and Robbers! The shootout scene is epic!

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miaone
Dec 28, 2017

With those two leads, whooda tho't it'd be so violent? Ho hum.

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Calvacade
Jul 31, 2017

An obsessive robbery homicide detective is locked in a battle of wits with an ingenious crew of professional criminals looking to score a multi-million dollar bank heist under his very nose. When you see a cast list like this one you know you're in for something special, but Heat is not just special; it's an absolute masterclass. It's a fairly common formula in this day and age, showing cop and criminal as two sides of the same coin, but the way Mann effortlessly flits between both sets of superbly realised characters has never been bettered and paved the way for the modern cop drama including everything from Infernal Affairs to The Dark Knight. The performances are all, of course, top notch and every aspect of the film that surrounds them is faultlessly engineered to create a near perfect heist movie.

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bitsysmom
Jul 30, 2017

To me it was an average cops and robbers movie.

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StarGladiator
Jul 20, 2017

This is truly the all-time classic in cops & robbers movies, it simply doesn't get any better: perfect casting, perfect script, perfect storyline.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 29, 2017

How many times did you watch a movie that reunites two giants of the screen?
Putting together Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in one movie was an inspired idea, and must have taken a lot of work in itself.
The results can be vividly seen in this Cops & Bandits genre movie.
Actually, this film goes far beyond the simple genre movie and can be compared to some of the best Film Noir movies with Humphrey Bogart.
Except for the length, at over two hours, this movie moves fast, even in its dialogue scenes.
There is never a dull moment. Very competently directed and structured, the story flows like a river, smooth and fast.
There is tenseness, and many subplots that involve the entire cast, giving to each a full life and a motivation to do what they are meant to do.
There is no arbitrary judgment on who's bad and who's good.
All characters have good and evil sides, just like in real life people.

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TheeAvebury
May 10, 2017

A classic crime thriller, where you feel like a fly on the wall of two groups who are on completely opposing sides of the law. Plus you get Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in one. Golden.

ravenheart Apr 15, 2016

One of my favorite films, along with The Godfather, Goodfellas, Tombstone, True Romance, Unforgiven, and First Blood. This is Deniro's best role as far as I'm concerned. Great tension (do in no small part to the great score), great acting from the entire cast, and a solid entertaining script. The action sequences are fierce, with tight, deliberate flow. The only thing I would have changed was the way the ending played out ---not because it was poorly done, just because I didn't want it to end like that. ;-)

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akirakato
Dec 22, 2015

This is a 1995 crime-action drama written and directed by Michael Mann.
The central conflict is based on the experiences of former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson and his pursuit in the 1960s of a criminal named McCauley, after whom De Niro's character is named.
Although the film seems to be a sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving with superb performances of a large and terrific cast, there isn't much of a story that really moves and affects the heart of the audience.
After all, it is simply a terrific shootout flick.

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reginator_22
Jan 27, 2018

Eady: You travel a lot?

Neil McCauley: Yeah.

Eady: Traveling makes you lonely?

Neil McCauley: I'm alone, I am not lonely.

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