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…
pacino/de Niro great combo!
I wasn't that impressed with this on first watch. I'm not sure quite what it was , maybe its just one of those movies you have to see a few times. Definitely loved it a lot more the second time. Visually it is beautiful and possesses the same charm as other Michael Mann work.
The action sequences are some of the best around. What makes this stand out though is the relationship between Pacino and De Niro's characters. Every scene they're in is ecstatic and the ending especially. My god the soundtrack!
You can tell this is to gta 5 what scarface was to vice city.
A three hour epic that leaves you begging for an extended running time is a rare thing to find, if you are on this page you found one. Heat seems to almost be a film concocted in a movie geeks mind it is so wildly new and entertaining. Pairing De Niro and Pacino alone is somewhat of a miracle. While they dont share too much screen time every second they are together is pure gold. Kilmer puts forth a usual great performance as De Niro's right hand man and Sizemore shows once again that he has the chops and charisma to own the screen. The action is so superb it seems like a crime that gun fights are shot in…
The New Beverly Cinema. Monday night. Completely sold out. Not an empty seat to be found.
It's a special place where one can watch this movie -- probably nothing like it will ever be made again. Certainly not my Michael Mann. But what made it even more special was the bevy of trailers that they had going on before the movie. Let's see if I can remember --
Hi Mom, Greetings, Panic in Needle Park, The Deer Hunter, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Goodfellas.
So we got to sit through all of that -- reminders of the greatness that is/was DeNiro and Pacino -- then up comes the cool blue/grey cinema of Heat.
It's amazing seeing the cast that Mann put together. Incredible. It's up there as the best of heist movies with The Killing and Asphalt Jungle.
Tonight, it bumped out Annie Hall from my Letterboxd top four.
Third viewing, no change. Mann's orchestration of the bank heist and ensuing shootout are superlative, but he pulls these moves with more agility and poetry in Miami Vice and Public Enemies (I can't think of another auteur for whom DV has enabled so much self-discovery, expanding and deepening a pre-existing aesthetic). As for the rest, it hardly puts a foot wrong (the digression with Hanna's stepdaughter is unnecessary), but I just can't fall in love with it, and whenever I reach for the reason why my hand closes on air. There's no other movie I have this kind of relationship with - I see what everybody else sees, but I can't feel it, and the criticism I should have at…
HEAT is the pinnacle of Michael Mann's career: every film before was simply building up to this, while every film since has only reinforced what went so right here.
Sure, there are heists and shootouts, but this film is really about the interior lives of these cops and robbers. The title HEAT doesn't refer to the pressure under gunfire or something, but whether or not you can leave everything behind at a moment's notice, so Mann wisely takes us on "tangents" that get us deeper into the lives of these characters and their loved ones.
There are occasionally subplots the feel a little underdeveloped -- like Natalie Portman's adolescent problems or Waingro as a serial killer -- and probably would've…
An insane intersection of career primes. Thinking about the amount of things that had to go right for this movie to be this great gives me a headache.
I honestly can't think of another movie I've ever wanted to give a full 5 stars but just couldn't bring myself to do it.
Heat has it's problems, every film does. But when watching the movie I hardly saw any of them at the time. It's just that absorbing, it's impact on this particular viewer so strong that it didn't just make me forget those plot holes it filled them to the point of overflowing with it's other areas it excels so well in like a toddler pouring milk into a cereal bowl for the first time.
Let's talk performances first. Going into this I was expecting Al Pacino's Michael Corleone but ended up with his manic Scent of A…
A bloated action movie with numerous flaws, yet, for some reason, I enjoy watching repeatedly.
Good: I love the heist sequences, they are surprising and full of punch. I like the cat and mouse game between Pacino and DeNiro. I like that the movie doesn't end after then crime but shows the aftermath.
Bad: For such a smart criminal willing to walk away from everything, he should walk away from the revenge or just remember it is a dish best served cold...and alive...
Meh: The movie is too long and I could do without some of the Pacino family part, also his over-the-top delivery grows tiresome.
"I do what I do best, I take scores. You do what you do best, try to stop guys like me."