All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
A Los Angeles crime saga
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.
"Three hours was the wrong running time for this movie," began my negative "review" 18 years ago, just a few months after I launched my site. "It should have run either 90 minutes, or seven hours." That I somehow failed to appreciate the rampant awesomeness on display here boggles the mind; for all his idiocy, though, younger me did have a point, if not yet an available countermodel. Today, Heat looks like a hugely condensed season of first-rate television, with the sprawling narrative and multi-character arcs we now associate with that medium. (See also: Contagion.) Bump it up to 10 or 12 hours on HBO and the material that currently feels thin—Kilmer and Judd's rocky marriage, Portman's depression, Fichtner's…
A guy told me one time, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner."
- Neil McCauley
De Niro sticks to the rules, the rules of the game. Both of these men are pedantic - obsessive over their work - so much that their lives are dictated by these self-implemented caveats. Of course they know that their respective lines of business are ones in which you need discipline, it can be the difference between life and death after all. But it's easy to recognise how difficult it is to implement said rules, especially when the time comes; will he hold true…
”What am I doing? I'm talking to an empty telephone…Cause there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin' line.”
I heard that quote when I watched Cashback the other night. “I love that fookin film! You should see it on my plasma! Boom boom ratta tatta blam blam!” a character exclaimed. And this gave me the craziest idea… I went out and picked up Heat on Blu-Ray today and decided to watch it for the first time since owning a Blu-Ray player. I had previously only seen it on VHS and DVD…
I poured myself a drink, opened up the window to feel the nice spring air, cranked up my tv, and let the sounds of…
Heat opens with De Niro's McCauley descending from above wearing an EMT uniform, one of many costumes/false identities he'll don throughout the course of the movie as he quietly blends in with the masses of baseball and barbecue loving "normals.*" At other times he's framed at high vantage points, hovering over the city and recalling in my mind the famous poster art for Feuillade's FANTOMAS. This is the great American crime movie of my lifetime. The roles of cop and robber are expanded to mythic proportions, the movements are operatic (hovering at times somewhere between soap opera and pulp fiction), the action scenes are grounded and thrilling... I think it's pretty much perfect.
As in classic mythology, when gods clash…
Film #57 of Project 90
”Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”
Michael Mann is at his most exciting form here, with Heat he once again tells the story of lonely men who can’t live a regular life, men who are doomed to live a painful life where it is impossible to achieve peace and delight, his heroes aren’t made to enjoy life, they should fight for their salvation till the end and that salvation often costs them dearly. What makes Heat so unique is that here we have two men who are supposed to fight each other and beat…
This remains the quintessential Michael Mann film, an epic summation of his preoccupations and interests. It is a cataclysmic stand-off between worthy adversaries, the driven cop and the master thief, and a riveting portrait of men operating at a rarefied level of proficiency. The unflagging pursuit of career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and his hard-boiled crew by LAPD detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) as they plot to take down one last score provided the basis for the crime saga of the nineties, a super-charged set-up as potent as it was elemental. The relative simplicity of the plot allows Mann to explore the psyche of these men that seem to simultaneously thrive within and stand apart from the maelstrom their…
This film has the most legendary shoutout scene ever in film history, hands down.The film deserved better music though, but damn Al Pacino and Robert de Niro in one film...can't argue with that
The beginning and the street shootout action scenes make the movie, other than that there isn't that much interesting to watch.
The surround sound was so loud one of my speakers fell over. Mann doesn't play.
Llegué a Heat buscando acción pura y terminé encontrando más drama que la misma acción, y no está mal, sólo que no cubrió mis expectativas.
Está demás hablar sobre las interpretaciones a la altura que siempre acostumbran a dar Al Pacino y Robert DeNiro, en este film no fue la excepción y en general todo el cast lo hace muy bien, pero desde el inicio, donde se supone que atrapa al espectador, no me atrapó en lo absoluto, de hecho, ya empezaba a dudar que soportara las casi 3 horas que dura, qué bueno que no fue así, que al final de todo no estuvo nada mal.
Me deja un sentimiento parecido al que me dejó Chinatown, L.A Confidential y The Departed, un conjunto de buenas películas, pero que la crítica me depositó grandes expectativas que no estuvieron cercas de cumplirlas.
"Well ya know, for me, the action is the juice."
Absolutely terrible. I wasn't invested in the characters at all (I could barely tell most of them apart) and could only barely follow the plot. It's not exciting, even in the scenes where dirty deals are being executed, and the acting is unfortunately only so-so from De Niro and Pacino. Give this one a miss.
¿Que se puede decir de Heat a estas alturas? Una gran película.
Modern classic, the heist film that all other heist films should look to see how it's done.
at Glasgow Film Theatre from a 35mm print
Robert deniro and Al Pacino at their finest.
Wonderfully directed by Michael Mann with these 2 actors giving an outstanding performance. Action/shooting scenes were very well done and kept me interested throughout the entire movie and this is impressive considering this is a longer film than most nowadays.