Heat

Heat

DVD - 2007
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Vincent Hanna is a brilliant L.A. cop following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by master thief Neil McCauley. The trouble is, McCauley's expertise is at least equal to Hanna's.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Distributed by Warner Home Video,, [2007]
Copyright Date: @1999
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE HEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (172 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 12, 2020

I thought this was a greatly enjoyable story that studied two characters restlessly devoted to what they did & their competition against the other. The fact that one is a police detective & the other is a heist thief, just adds to the intrigue. I loved the car pursuit scene which might be deemed a car chase, accompanied by a great, loud but somehow gloomy song from the soundtrack. Also, most of the scene was closeups of the heroes racing in their cars, & the flashing lights of traffic. This blurry light effect was used some more times, for the lights of Los Angeles (the story’s setting), which added to a sense of haziness to the character’s backdrop, making them separated from their setting, perhaps due to a sense of isolation. Following this was the infamous coffee shop scene, where the movie’s two protagonists share a casual conversation that reveals so much about them. So much of the dialogue felt lyrical. I think this was an awesome movie that culminated in an ending, the only way it could. Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in a good, action thriller with a great script. 3.5/5 stars
@reviewperson of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLMikeK Jun 24, 2020

There are some strange choices here and there in this film, but it's a great, tense, cops versus robbers epic. The shootout in the streets of LA is among the coolest, craziest things you will ever see in a movie. Highly recommended!

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mJJLnk7
May 04, 2020

Who needs a review of this? I liked "Public Enemies" a lot, but if this isn't Michael Mann's masterpiece, wtf.

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yesbyedith
Feb 27, 2019

Excellent actors. 1995 movie, shows family balance of both cops and robbers. If you don't have 3 hours (or 6 hours for 2nd viewing), don't watch. Excellent commentary. Discussion of actual people based on.

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Free_Rider
Jan 12, 2019

Absolute Garbage!
Don't waste your time with this senseless tripe. One reviewer, StarGladiator, claims this to be one of the best crime dramas of all time. Clearly, an opinion of someone born yesterday! If you're looking for classic crime drama based on actual events (albeit Hollywood's version), look to The French Connection or Serpico.

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Dave99_0
Jun 18, 2018

Apparently, this 1995 film heavily influenced the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout in which a Bank of America branch was attacked by robbers with plated body armour and machine guns. I would rate "Heat" at 4.0 stars.

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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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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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