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Heat

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Robert De Niro, Heat
Heat: Frank Connor

Heat

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Amy Brenneman, Dennis Haysbert, Ashley Judd, Val Kilmer, Natalie Portman, Henry Rollins, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight
director:
Michael Mann
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Must the good guy always win? Watching Heat, the slick, Michael Mann-directed crime drama that boasts as its centerpiece the first official Al Pacino-Robert De Niro face-off, it’s impossible not to root for the villain. Neil McCauley, De Niro’s professional thief, is cold, calculating, and certainly a sociopath. He’s also got control, finesse, and ”it”all over Pacino’s overbearing and frequently overacted homicide detective, Vincent Hanna.

But as one of the film’s crew members explains, Heat, however thrilling and unconventional, is still a glorified cowboy story, and the lawman must ultimately rope the black hat in.

EXTRAS Five mini-docs, including one about the actual cop and robber who inspired the film. Now if only the real deal Neil hadn’t gone to prison…