Heat: Frank Connor
February 22, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

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…

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